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You’ve just Shot Someone in Self-Defense, Now What?

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Shooting someone in self-defence is often not the problem; it is what you do afterwards that can get you into a lot of trouble.

Here are 7 things you should never do after shooting someone in self-defence.
Call the police in a panic No matter how hardcore you think you are, if you pull the trigger and shoot someone, you will panic! Before you call the police in a tizzy, take some time to calm down and get your thoughts into order.
Leave the scene
Unless you feel that you will be harmed, stay at the scene – do not leave! You may feel scared and try to run to your friends or family, but it’s best not to. Leaving the scene will make you look guilty.
Move evidence
If you’re at home you’ll most probably want to clean up, but this is not wise. Do not touch anything! If there are other people with you, make sure they don’t touch anything either.
Hold your gun when the police arrive
When the police arrive they may not know who is the bad guy or the good guy. They will look at you holding the gu…

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

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One of the most important things during the Christmas season is food!

But, cooking can be dangerous, especially if the kitchen is filled with family members. Use these helpful cooking safety tips to stay safe this year.
Never leave your cooking unattended. It can be distracting at Christmas time when your whole family is trying to get your attention and you’re trying to multitask. Fires can start in the blink of an eye, so keep a close watch on your food.
Use a potholder or oven mitt. If a fire does start, you can use these items to smother the flames and put out the fire.
Open hot lids away from your face. Steam can burn you, so tilt the lids away from your face when you are opening the lid to check the food.
Roll up your sleeves. Long sleeves can easily catch a light on a hot stove top or oven. Plus no one wants to dip their clothes into the food! Your best bet is to wear short sleeves or just roll them up!
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher. Just in case of emergencies!
Always wash …

6 Holiday Safety Tips for your Pet

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Like many of us, we think of our pets as our best friends. But animals can’t always see the dangers around them, this is why we have to keep a lookout for our fury friends and make sure they stay safe this holiday season...

Decorations! Pets are bound to accidentally bump over the Christmas tree or get tangled up in the lights. Make sure your pets don’t find themselves in trouble, rather keep them away from these dangers and lock the room so they don’t go in.
Outdoor Pets! In South Africa, the weather during the festive season can get to scorching levels. If your pet stays outdoors, always make sure they have a lot of fresh water and shelter out of the sun.
Cooked Bones! Be careful of giving your dog chicken bones and any splintered bones from your Christmas meat dishes. Bones like this can cause fatal internal damage to your fury friends.
Treats and Sweets! Some sweets and especially chocolates are extremely bad for your pets. Never ever feed your pets your holiday candy, and make sur…

Child Safety in and Around your Home

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Accidents happen, but as a parent you have to find ways to reduce the chance of your children hurting themselves. The only way to do this is to try see the dangers around them and to change the environment to make it as child-friendly as possible.

Every year thousands of children are injured and hospitalised because of accidents at home – accidents that could have easily been avoided!
Children up to four years old are most at risk because they do not know what objects are dangerous and which are safe; they will fiddle and explore their environment, and may end up getting hurt.
Young children are often injured because of...
Falls – from beds, chairs, backyard toys, jungle gym equipment
Burns – hot stove tops, boiling liquids and foods
Poisonings – medicines, cleaners, alcohol
Near drowning – pools, baths
Dog bites – mostly by dogs known to the child in the home environment
Choking – food or small toy or objects
Your home is where your child begins to learn about the world around them, so t…

Staying Safe when it’s time to Celebrate New Years

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New Years Eve is a time for fun and celebration, so the last thing you want is for something bad to happen...

Here’s how to stay safe this New Years Eve...
With you group of friends.The best New Years is one spent with your loved ones, so if you’re going to a party make sure to arrive and leave with your group. A lot can happen on this crazy night, so make sure to communicate effectively with everyone and plan where and when you’re going and leaving, etc.
When it’s time to eat.The best way to prepare for a long night of New Year’s parties is to eat a filling supper. A wholesome meal will help your body absorb alcohol and stop you from needing a snack at midnight.
If you’re drinking alcohol. Even if you and your loved ones don’t drink on New Year’s, you’ll probably run into people who do during the night. If you or a friend is drinking, keep these tips in mind:
-- Alternate drinking one glass of alcohol with one glass of water
-- Know your limit and pace yourself
-- Don’t ever leave your…

Home safety Tips for Young Children

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In the blink of an eye, your baby will start to move around and explore the environment. Before this happens, you have to be prepared. Doing a safety check in every room of the house is vital, try going down to your child’s level and viewing the world from their perspective; this will give you a better idea of where the dangers are.
-- Make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency. Maybe do a first aid course and have first aid kits in the house and car.
-- Keep emergency numbers in your phone and written down in your home.
-- Keep poisons far out of reach and store them in a lockable safe or cabinet.
-- Always store matches, candles, scissors, knives and matches out of reach of children.
-- Children under the age of 12 should never be left alone in the house, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
-- Call an electrician to come over and double check that all the wiring is safe in your home.
-- All power points should be covered.
-- The kitchen, bathroom and other areas that co…

How to make it through an Armed Robbery

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Robbery in South Africa has unfortunately become something that happens quite often.
Always remember that it is not a wise idea to fight back, you need to make it out alive and get back to your loved ones.
Here’s how to make it out of a dangerous armed robbery:
-- Don’t make any sudden movements, the attackers may be jumpy and any unsteady movements may shock them.
-- Make sure that the attacker knows that you are not a threat, and will do as he commands.
-- Avoid making eye contact and try to come across in a non-threatening way.
-- You may want to teach your children a special code word that alerts them that this is a dangerous situation and they must follow your instructions.
-- Try to note your attacker’s features without them noticing, although you must be careful because this can make them angry.
-- Call for help immediately after the attackers leave.
-- Ensure that there are a number of panic buttons scattered around your home so you have access no matter what room you are in.

Lookout for Scams this Festive Season

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As the holidays approach, scammers start to get busier and busier. Criminals take advantage during this time of the year because people become less vigilant and more relaxed, plus yearend bonuses mean people have more money to steal.

Here are five top tips to stay safe during the holiday season...
  §If you get an email or an SMS with a link to a bank, financial service or even SARS – don’t click on it! These messages may say that you need to confirm a payment, refund or banking details, but as soon as you click the link and enter your details they will be stolen.
  §Scammers may send you an email telling you that you qualify for a loan, but first you need to pay the fee upfront. If you are made an offer like this, never believe it!
  §Be careful when giving out your personal details, like your ID number, address and date of birth. Often criminals just want these details so they can open a fraud store or loan account. They will act as an airline, bank or retailer offering you something…

How to Protect your Holiday Packages

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The holidays are almost here which means gift shopping and party planning. However, it’s not all about holiday cheer, it is also an important time of the year for the post industry.

At this time of the year, it can get a bit crazy in the post office. So, it is important to keep your eye on your mail because criminals may want to swipe your holiday package.
Here are some helpful tips to make sure all your packages are safe and sound...
Track it – This is the most convenient way to keep an eye on your mail. Most websites will tell you the day and time it arrives so you can go to your nearest post office and collect it. http://trackmyparcel.co.za/ is a great website to track your parcels.
Ask a friend – If you’re going to be on holiday or out of the house, ask a family member, friend or neighbour to keep your package in a safe place until you return.
Add some decor – If your package is being delivered to your home, a great way to keep criminals away is to make sure the package cannot be …

How to be a Responsible Gun Owner

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As a gun owner, you need to be responsible and that means speaking to your loved ones, especially your children, about how to be 100% safe with your gun.

Gather your loved ones and talk them about gun safety...
-- A gun is always loaded
Even if you know that the gun is not loaded, it should always be treated like it is. Never point a gun at yourself or someone else. If you are cleaning your gun, keep it pointed at the floor, away from you, at all times.
-- Don’t put your finger on the trigger
If you are hunting, practice shooting or simply just holding your gun, always keep your finger off the trigger! The proper way to hold your gun safely is to keep your finger straight along the side of the trigger.
-- Guns are not toys
Movies show people using weapons in ways that make them look cool and fun, but they are not toys. A gun is a deadly weapon that can kill with a simple movement, so they need to be treated with respect and care.
-- Never try altering a gun yourself
Yes, gun owners shoul…

Are your Christmas Lights Safe?

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Your Christmas lights have spent the last 12 months packed away in the attic gathering dust, so there is a high chance that they could be electrically unsafe.


If you are careless with your lights and don’t take the proper precautions, your winter wonderland could turn into a disaster!
Enjoy a safe Christmas and follow these easy checks and precautions:
* Always read and follow the instructions on your Christmas lights
* Always make sure the lights aren’t damaged and keep an eye out for loose wires
* Always replace bulbs with same type and wattage as the originals
* Always turn your lights off before you go to bed or if you leave the house
* Always keep your lights away from any flammable items
* Always use proper extension cords if you need to and don’t overload them
* Always keep the electrical cords away from metal, water and other electric appliances
* Never use Christmas lights outdoors unless the package says they are designed for outdoor use
* Never connect a variety of different…

SA is fighting Crime this Festive Season

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The police in South Africa have decided to be on full alert this December. No criminals or lawbreakers will be tolerated, with this in mind; more and more members of SAPS are being stationed in and around the popular crime hotspots.
2 000 police students, 13 000 metro police and 32 000 members of the SAPS will cover all the areas in Gauteng that are often seen as problem zones. These areas include certain malls and suburbs.

Police members will make themselves visible in the shopping malls as well as conduct multiple foot patrols, hold road blocks throughout the country and coordinate search operations.
Even though the police will be on guard this festive season, you should always be aware – never walk around with large sums of money as you may be targeted by criminals.
The innovative PatrolMan neighbourhood watch app allows you to utilize a variety of features, including crime statistics, reports and incidents. The SOS button

Toy Safety Tips to Keep your Kids Safe

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Every year, thousands of new toys are introduced into stores all around the world, even more at Christmas time! Toys are meant to be fun, but children are often rushed to the emergency room because of toy-related injuries.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when you are buying toys for young children...
- Always consider the child’s age when you are choosing a toy or game.
- Read the instructions and warning labels before you buy a toy to make sure it is right for your child.
- Art supplies should have a label that says “non-toxic”.
- Before you purchase a toy, make sure there are no small parts that could be a choking hazard.
- Don’t forget to buy a helmet if you buy a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or riding equipment.
- Keep an eye out for tiny parts, including watch batteries that may be included in toys that are electronic.
Don’t let your child become the victim of a toy-related injury or accident, use these safety tips and keep toys as objects of joy and fun!
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