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Swimming season is also stress season.

With the arrival of summer, drownings once again become a regular crisis. There are regular emergency service reports of children falling into swimming pools and in come cases, drowning. Here is an example where a CrisisOnCall member witnessed such a case:

“I hereby want to say what a privilege it is to belong to CrisisOnCall. Yesterday on 9/11/2017, at 14:45, I called you about a child who was drowning in a swimming pool. There weren’t any questions asked and within minutes an ambulance arrived on the scene. Thank you too to the well trained and friendly staff who regularly called me to update me on the ambulance’s progress. It’s great to be part of the “family”. I am incredibly grateful and proud." - Miems Fox

(The five year old child was discharged from hospital three days later without any after effects thanks to the quick response.)

The following factors should always be borne in mind while at a swimming pool:

  • Children easily fall silently into water.Kinders val maklik geruisloos in die water. A todler’s head is heavier in relation to his/body and they can easily fall head first into water.
  • Swimming pools should be fenced with a fence that children cannot clamber over. The gate that is used should not easily be able to be opened by children and should close automatically. (Keep the gate closed when the swimming pool is not in use.)
  • Should there not be a swimming pool fence, a safety net should be used.
  • Alle deure wat toegang tot die swembad area verleen, moet altyd gesluit wees.
  • Childen should not be allowed at a pool without adult supervision.
  • Teach your children to swim from a very early age, and if possible, make use of a swimming school.

It is important to always remain calm during an incident and to call the correct number. CrisisOnCall’s emergency number is effective country wide as we use the nearest service provider. Telephonic advice and service is given to callers while emergency services in on its way.

 

December 2017

Holiday Tips / Series 1

Tips for the party season:

  • Refrain from overindulging in alcohol use.
  • Use a chauffeur type service to get you and your partner home safely from parties. CrisisOnCall offers such a service.
  • Rather sleep over with friends or family, or even in a hotel if you’re not going to make use of such a service.
  • Ensure that your home and children are safe when you go to a party. Burglars keep the environment under observation and wait until the residents go out before breaking in. Should they encounter someone inside the home, it is usually not a pleasant experience for those who are accosted by these criminals.
  • When leaving parties, make sure you are not followed. High jackings easily take place when you let your guard down.
  • Should you suspect that someone is following you, drive directly to a police station, or a petrol garage where there is more activity and help.
  • Upon arriving at home, be alert for anything that seems suspicious or looks different than normal. Also switch your car radio off so that you can more easily hear unusual sounds.
  • It is always a good idea to have an emergency number on speed dial on your cell phone. Ensure that your cell phone has enough battery life for you to make an emergency call. Always let a next of kin know where you are going to so that should something happen, they know where to get hold of you.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy so that you don’t have an unnecessary encounter with law enforcement or so that you don’t get stranded on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive.

At CrisisOnCall, as part of our standard package, we have a trip monitoring service. Hereby, upon request from the member, they are called at regular intervals to check on their progress and a next of kin is informed as soon as the member reaches their destination. The same service can be used when someone leaves a party to drive home and arranges to be called just once to ensure that the member has reached home safely. Should something look suspicious, the CrisisOnCall emergency number can be called and the agent can be asked to stay on the line until the member is safely inside the home.

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"Who will you call in a
crisis situation?"