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Tips on outdoor safety, Braai and how to avoid drowning

Do everything in the name of safety.

As the year draws to a close and the festive season starts, ER24 is urging everyone not to let their guard down while they go on vacation. It is vital whether you are on the roads or at home to stay safe during this time and to also keep an eye on your children at all times.

Outdoors:

If you plan on going camping or sightseeing there are a few things to keep in mind. Do some research about the area if you have never been there. It is better to know what to expect so you can plan accordingly. Some areas may be high-risk for malaria for example.

It is vital for people to take medication prior to visiting a high-risk area to reduce chances of being infected.

If you go hiking or sightseeing to areas that include cliffs, be aware of your surroundings. Be careful as you could be stepping on loose stones or rocks.

If there are children with you, ensure you know where they are at all times. This should be something you ensure at all times whether you are outdoors or anywhere else for that matter.


Braai

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned braai with family. If you decide to have a braai while on holiday, ensure you are allowed to do so at the location you have chosen.

If you do have a braai, be careful. Keep a fire extinguisher close by. The braai stand should not be placed in or close to the only escape.

The braai stand should also be sturdy. Adult supervision is a must when children are around open fires.

Also, teach children about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters. Never abandon the fire. Make sure it is extinguished when you are done with the braai.


Drowning

Plan on visiting the sea or relaxing around a swimming pool? Remember that anyone, even those who can swim, is at risk of drowning.

Never allow a child to swim without adult supervision. Keep your pool covered with an approved cover when not in use.

Do not swim too far out into the ocean. After a while, you may struggle due to fatigue or get swept further away due to strong currents.

Wearing a life jacket is vital. Only swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards. Never swim alone. Remember your life jacket when participating in water sports.

Never dive or jump into unfamiliar or shallow water. It is never too early or late to learn CPR.


What to do if someone is drowning?

If you are at the beach and you see a person drowning, inform a lifeguard immediately.

Ensure you wear a life jacket if you decide to save the person yourself. If you are able to get the person out of the water, initiate CPR if there is no pulse and breathing.

Do not stop CPR unless the person starts to breathe on their own. Call for an ambulance as soon as you are able to or get someone to do so.

In case of a near drowning, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Explain to medical staff what has happened.

There are instances where nonfatal drownings occur. The person may seem okay even though they have taken in water that finds its way to the lungs.


Children

Teach children what they should and should not do in case of an emergency. Also, ensure they know who to contact.

ER24 can be contacted 24-hours a day on 084 124 in case of a medical emergency.

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