How to keep safe during a fire

Have you ever accidentally gone to sleep with a lit candle in the room? Left the stove on? Dropped a cigarette on the carpet? Even if the answer to all these questions is no, house fires do still happen, and the aftermath is devastating. Being prepared and knowing how to avoid panicking could be the difference between life and death, so here are some of the key things to remember if you find yourself caught in a house fire.   Shout The first thing you need to do is alert anyone in the house of the fire. Call everybody by … Continue reading

Life Saving Skills Everyone Should Know

Nothing is scarier than being confronted with a situation where someone becomes seriously ill or is injured in your presence and you don’t know what to do. Knowing how to react and which steps to take becomes critical to the recovery of the person needing help. Below we list some of the actions you can take to assist whoever may be in need of your help. How to determine if a person has lost consciousness When someone is unconscious it may seem that they are suddenly unable to respond to stimuli and they will appear to be “asleep”.  A person … Continue reading

How Your Smartphone Can Save Your Life

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), commonly known as Doctors Without Borders, have been releasing medical guidelines for more than two decades to its field workers – field workers who often find themselves in extremely trying and stressful situations. These guidelines are collaboratively developed with experienced medical practitioners and specialists in accordance with information from the World Health Organisation. Though these guidelines have been available to doctors all over the world for the past 25 years, MSF launched an application in late September 2017 to make these guidelines readily available, even in countries or situations where connectivity is extremely problematic. The move … Continue reading

What to do during a flash flood

The beginning of the rainy season in South Africa has already seen a number of casualties. Durban has seen eight confirmed deaths as well as a missing toddler who was swept away during the flash floods. The death toll is expected to rise as others are still missing. Although government offices have released an official warning to stay indoors during severe weather, many people have found themselves out on the roads during these times. The question remains: What necessary precautions do you take if you are caught in a flash flood? A flash flood is a rapid flooding of a … Continue reading

The importance of learning CPR and First Aid

The importance of training in CPR and First Aid can never be reiterated enough. With most cases of cardiac arrests, near drownings and injuries occurring in the home, knowing these techniques could save a life as you wait for professional assistance to arrive. Not only does being certified in CPR and First Aid benefit you as an individual but it also benefits your family, community, friends and co-workers. An accident or a serious medical situation can happen at any time and anywhere. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not be just another helpless witness? There is no specified age as to … Continue reading

Staying safe in the water this summer

  Bianca Wiedmann, in an article titled ‘The silent end’, put drowning in the simplest term “Two young children play in a lagoon in Durban to escape the sweltering summer heat. Its shallow depths provide them a false sense of security. The children don’t notice it gradually getting deeper. Before they realise it, the ground has disappeared from beneath their feet and they slip below the water’s surface. Attempts to rescue them are redundant. This is how drowning happens: quickly, quietly and more often than you might think.” This is why it is important for parents to be extra vigilant … Continue reading

Hiking Essentials

When going on a trip it happens too often that you have left something at home and it is too late to go back and get whatever it is you need. Use the below guidelines assist you so that you do not forget anything for your hiking trip. Hiking Boots or Athletic Shoes Make sure to choose footwear that will keep you safe on the trail. The best are sneakers with ankle protection. Sandals are a big no, no. Navigation This includes a map and a compass. Learn how to use both these tools to determine where you are or where you’re … Continue reading

Safety tips for hikers and back packers

Hiking comes with great physical demands such as walking long hours and carrying heavy supplies. To ensure a safe and memorable experience follow the below safety tips before and during a hike. Plan your trip: Research is vital, it is important to know every detail about your trail. Carry maps and seek advice from experienced hikers. Inform someone of your whereabouts: Whether it’s a relative or a close friend, it is important to let someone know of your scheduled trip. Let them know when you are leaving, which hiking trail you plan to take and when you are scheduled to … Continue reading

Surprising safety hazards in the home

You’ll be shocked at what’s really dangerous for children in your home. As your child grows the safety hazards change and it is important that you create a safe environment for your little ones, adapting and changing as your child develops. Below we have put together a list of some of the hazards around the house that you wouldn’t think would harm your loved ones, as well as how to handle them. 1. Slippery floors/Toys left on floor Ok, this one may be a bit obvious but many people under estimate how many serious injuries result in falls due to … Continue reading

General Safety Rules You Should Teach Your Children

  Keeping your children safe at all times means constant adult supervision but sometimes as a parent you cannot always be around to protect them. As they get older they go off to crèche, school and meet all types of people and because they are in the outside world they will be exposed to all kinds of scenarios and emergencies. The below safety tips will help ensure that your children are out of harm’s way both inside and outside the house. Tip One – Contact details Even if your child is small it is important to teach them basic contact … Continue reading