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Why you should Never Leave your Child Alone in a Hot Car

You’re driving home and your child falls asleep in the backseat of your car, when you arrive home you may be tempted to simply leave them there until they wake up, but this is extremely dangerous!

Whether you crack the window open while you quickly go inside your house or run into the grocery store for a few minutes, leaving your child inside a car is never a good idea – no matter the circumstances.
Every year, children die from heatstroke after being left inside a car, on purpose and sometimes by accident…
One of the greatest dangers of leaving your child inside a car is heat stroke. It can damage your child’s brain, their organs and even cause death. You may not realise this, but it doesn’t take long for a small child’s body temperature to increase to a dangerous level.
nWhen the sun is simply shining in the sky, even when it doesn’t feel very hot outside, the temperature inside a car can almost double in just an hour. Leaving the windows open a little won’t stop the temperature insid…

Your Complete Car Seat Safety Guide

With the school holidays coming up, you may be spending more time on the road with your family. Whether it is a road trip to grandma’s house or a quick ride down to the shopping mall, it is vital to remember car seat safety for your child.

Here is your complete car seat safety guide:
NEVER leave your child alone in the car. Even if it is a cool day and there is no heat whatsoever, you should never leave your child alone in a parked car. Whether you are just running into the shop for a few minutes – just don’t do it!
Talk to your child.If you have an older child, discuss with them what they would do if they ever get trapped inside the car. To prevent your child from accidently climbing into the car and locking themselves in, always keep all your doors locked.
Keep a reminder. Create some kind of reminder system to stop yourself from forgetting your child is inside the car. Accidents often happen when parents are on “auto-pilot” and completely forget their child is inside the car. To remin…

What to do if your Vehicle is Smoking or on Fire

In general when your car smokes a bit this does not necessarily mean anything serious. However if it is smoking a lot along with a smell then something is definitely wrong.
Should your car catch on fire, then it could turn into a death trap. Quick, clever thinking and taking action fast could mean the difference between life and death.
Read and learn these steps so you know what to do if you vehicle is ever smoking or on fire…
>> Stay calm and do not panic, this will only waste time
>> If your car is still moving, signal and stop on the side of the road
>> When the car has stopped moving, turn it off immediately
>> Make sure everyone gets out as fast as possible – leave behind anything that isn’t already in your hand
>> Move far away from the car and warn onlookers and pedestrians not to get close
>> NEVER go back into a burning vehicle
>> When you’re at a safe distance, contact emergency services using these numbers or press the SOS button on P…

Don’t be the Victim of Signal Jamming and Vehicle Theft!

Many of us walk away from our cars without even checking if the doors are actually locked. Close the door, walk away and press the immobilizer button and you trust that your vehicle is secured.

This is where you’re wrong! Criminals are watching your every move, waiting to take action.
If you are a vehicle owner, follow these safety suggestions…
üAlways be cautious about where you park your car
  üTry to park in a busy area where there are visible security cameras
  üBe alert and look out for any suspicious people lurking around for no reason
  üIf you are visiting a restaurant or a bar, find a seat by the window where you can watch your vehicle
  üNever walk away from your car without actually physically checking that all the doors are locked
  üWait for the “beep” from your immobilizer or the flash of the lights
  üAlways close all your windows as well as lock your boot
  üIt is best to never leave valuable items lying in your car for people to see (cell phones, bags, wallets, laptops, etc.)


Fire Safety in Rural Areas

A fire can strike at any moment no matter where you are, that is why it is so important to plan ahead and know how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Plan ahead…
       -Keep a bucket of water and a bucket of sand handy to put out small fires
       -Always blow out candles and put out lamps when you are ready for bed or leaving the house
       -Build your house 3m apart to prevent spreading if a fire starts
       -Plan more than on escape route
       -Keep matches, lighters, paraffin, gas, etc. out of reach of children
       -Keep your stoves on a flat surface away from open windows and flammable objects
       -Never leave your stove unattended
If a fire starts…
       -Warn everyone inside to get out immediately
       -Escape by crawling below the smoke
       -Help your loved ones to escape and then stay out!
       -If a paraffin fire breaks out, use sand to put it out
       -Use water to put out wood, paper, material, etc. fires
       -Phone for help as soon as possible – use the…

Recovering and Coping after a Residential Fire

When you are stuck in the middle of a crisis, it can be hard to just stop and think about yourself when there is so much fear, worry and stress occupying your mind. After a fire it can disrupt your normal life and destroy your sense of security, but even though you may feel knocked down, you need to get back up and come back stronger than ever!

You may want to consider these strategies when you are recovering and coping after a residential fire:
oDo some activities that will relieve your stress such as exercising, deep breathing and meditation.
  oTalk to someone about how you feel, cry, laugh, etc. let your feelings out.
  oEven when you are copying with so much, do not forget that it is okay to feel good about something.
  oTake it slow – make small decisions daily instead of huge ones.
  oIf possible, put off vital life decisions, like finding a new job, etc.
  oDo not isolate yourself; spend time with your loved ones.
  oTake advantage of community help and support.
  oFocus on all that y…

What to do after a Fire Burns Down your Home

Having to endure a house fire can be an extremely traumatic experience that turns your whole world upside down.
A fire can destroy almost everything you own, including your personal possessions and memories in a matter of minutes.
The aftermath can be difficult and you may not know what to do next.
These steps can really help you or a loved one get through the difficult times…
Find a safe place to stay for a while. No matter if there is a small amount of damage or a lot; you cannot stay in your own home. Contact friends or family and stay with them, otherwise a B&B or a hotel will be just fine. Organizations such as the local disaster relief should be able to help you find a safe place to stay temporarily.
Contact your insurance company.You will need to file a claim and address your needs. Keep all receipts and records or your expenses and you insurance company should cover them. The shock of having your house burn down can be overwhelming, however when it is safe to do so, return to y…

What to do if a Road is Flooded

With the Cape Town storm bringing extreme weather across the Western Cape, chances are that a lot of roads will be filled with water and possibly flooded.
The water may not look deep and you might think that you can drive through; however it is a powerful force that can cause serious danger.
Here are some tips to keep yourself and your car safe if you are ever faced with a flood.

Never drive through a flooded area that can be avoided…
ØIf you see barricades, pay attention and find an alternative route
ØThe most important rule of driving through a flooded area is – DON’T!
ØIt’s impossible to tell how deep the water is, or the condition of the water below
ØYour vehicles engine can get seriously damaged if it ingests too much water
ØIn about one foot (30cm) of water a vehicle can lose traction and possible float away
ØNEVER, EVER try your luck and drive through moving water, your vehicle will be swept away
ØUse this as a rule: If you cannot see the markings on the road, then the water is t…

Winter Storm Safety Guide

Because of the extreme weather that is hitting us at the moment; important steps need to be taken to make sure you are prepared for the worst. 

If you have not constructed a plan to protect your home from any short and long term damages, then take these precautions and stay safe from the winter storm…
oPark your vehicles in your garage or underneath an overhang
   oBring all your pets and make sure everyone is inside when the storm hits
   oKeep an eye out for the tell-tale signs so you know when the storm will be arriving – dark skies, thunder rumbling, wind speed picking up and the rain beginning to fall
   oMove all your outdoor furniture inside as well as any garden decorations, pot plants, etc. that could be blown over or damaged by severe rain
   oFind a radio station or TV channel that will keep you updated on the storm
   oMake sure all your doors and winters are closed and secured properly
   oStay away from windows in case a tree or branch had to fall over and shatter the window

How to Stay Safe on Campus

Following the death of the Stellenbosch student, Hannah Cornelius, parents are fearing for the lives of their children. Action needs to be taken to stop the flow of violence and crime that is growing in the Stellenbosch area!

The Stellenbosch University claims that they are doing what they can to increase security and ensure the safety of all the students.
However, there are steps that students can take to reduce the risk of crime, including sexual violence…
Know your emergency support.Before an attack happens you need to be ready for anything, which means having resources to contact. Join a WhatsApp group or form your own, download the PatrolMan app and use the SOS emergency button, plan where you will go if you are ever attacked and know where the local police station is located.
Be alert.Always be aware of your surroundings when you are walking around on campus or in the area, especially at night. It is best to always walk with a friend or in a group, if that is not possible find cam…

4 Crucial Life-Saving Tips that ALL Women Should Know

Because of the recent horrifying events that happened in Stellenbosch recently, women have started forming WhatsApp groups to use in emergency situations.
These groups are a fast and easy way to contact others if there is ever the feeling of danger. We encourage everyone, not only women, to join one of these groups as well as download the PatrolMan app and make use of the SOS button for emergencies.
While joining a group or downloading an app is all good and well, women need to know how to protect themselves and avoid becoming a victim.
Here are 4 crucial life-saving tips that ALL women should know:

1.Be Aware of your Surroundings
When you are walking alone, or even with a friend or two, put away all your distractions and be aware of what is going on around you. Scan the areas that look dark and suspicious, like alley ways and parking lots.
When you walk, walk with confidence! An attacker may test how close he can get to you, so if you feel threatened, stand tall and shout “NO” or “BACK O…