Summer Travel Safety


Summer is in the air, and the time has come for many people to take it back to the beach. With many of us heading towards the coastal regions of the country, there is no doubt that the beaches will be highly populated. You can take the necessary precautionary measures to protect yourself and your children against the dangers faced at the beach, however there is no telling how other people might behave on the beach or how various elements at the beach might respond to changes in wind, general weather and the current of the ocean. In this light, … Continue reading

Six tips for treating burns


 Six tips for treating burns 1. Assess the burn It’s important to take a good look at the burnt area before treating the burn. If you are dealing with a third-degree burn,  you wouldn’t want to apply ointments and creams of any sort and you should go straight to an emergency room. If you have established that the burn is a mild, first-degree burn, you could treat it without needing medical assistance. Sunburn, for example, would be classified as a first-degree burn. 2. Cool the burn If the burn hasn’t gone deeper than the first layer of skin and is … Continue reading

When do you need an ambulance?


Facing an emergency situation for the first time can be quite stressful, but if you know what to look for, you will be better prepared. Ambulances are used for these emergency situations. You should always call an ambulance in situations where someone is unconscious, not breathing, badly injured or has had a fit. Identifying an emergency situation and calling an ambulance in time could save someone’s life. An ambulance provides transport to hospitals in emergencies, while allowing emergency medical technicians to begin treatment once they get to you. For someone in need of emergency services and medical attention, this could … Continue reading

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