Tips to keep you safe this fes­tive sea­son

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Dale Hes

The fes­tive sea­son is a time of joy. But it can also bring an in­creased risk of in­ci­dents such as car ac­ci­dents, theft and other crimes. Fol­low these tips be­low to en­sure that you have a safe and happy time with your loved ones.

Stay­ing safe on the roads

Road ac­ci­dents in­crease dra­mat­i­cally over the fes­tive sea­son, claim­ing hun­dreds of lives. To stay safe, make sure that:

• You do a ve­hi­cle checkup be­fore leav­ing for your des­ti­na­tion, to en­sure that your car is in good shape.

You and your pas­sen­gers al­ways wear safety belts. You take a break every two hours if you are driv­ing long dis­tances.

• • Avoid drink­ing and driv­ing at all costs.

Stick to the speed limit and obey all other rules of the road.

Be ob­ser­vant of other ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans. Avoid us­ing your phone while driv­ing.

Safety of chil­dren

Many hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions are very busy places, which means there is a chance that your child will be­come sep­a­rated from you in a crowd of peo­ple.

It is also vi­tal to keep an eye on your chil­dren when they take part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as swim­ming in the sea or us­ing play­grounds. Here are some tips for keep­ing your kids safe: • Make sure that younger chil­dren are al­ways un­der re­spon­si­ble adult su­per­vi­sion. In the car, make sure that younger chil­dren

• are buck­led up.

Teach older chil­dren your cell­phone num­ber in case of an emer­gency.

Make sure that chil­dren who can’t swim strongly are fit­ted with in­flat­able arm­bands when swim­ming. Teach your child to never get into a stranger’s car and not to en­gage with strangers.

Hold your child’s hand when you’re in busy places and when cross­ing the road. Learn ba­sic first aid so that you can re­spond in the event of a med­i­cal emer­gency.

Crime

There are in­creased in­ci­dents of house­break­ing and theft over the fes­tive sea­son. Stay vig­i­lant at all times and take the fol­low­ing safety pre­cau­tions: • When you leave for your hol­i­day, make sure that all the win­dows and doors of your home are locked.

If one of your neigh­bours is go­ing to be around, ask them to keep an eye on your house.

While on hol­i­day, keep valu­ables such as cell­phones

• and wal­lets out of sight.

• Keep your car locked when you leave it for any pe­riod of time. Make dou­ble sure by check­ing the han­dles. Keep the num­bers of emer­gency ser­vices such as am­bu­lances and the po­lice close at hand.

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