We care about you, your safety and health. The festive season in South Africa is exciting and fun filled. Make memories and have fun but please return home from the holidays, safe and recharged for 2020! Make a point of holiday safety during the festive season. It’s also important to remember to keep a list of emergency services numbers in case of an emergency.
NATIONAL AMBULANCE NUMBER: 10177
Store the number in your phone under favorites or emergency numbers. If you are involved in an accident, call this number first!! If you come across an accident but are unable to help, please call for an Ambulance (you would want others to call an Ambulance for you…!) First Aiders and Good Samaritans who stop and assist at an accident scene, please ensure your safety first, before you assist others. Regulating traffic or warning others is of great help too.
Holiday Safety Starts Before You Leave Home
- Make copies of all your credit cards, important identification information, including your medical aid cards. Leave one at home and take one separately. (Just for in case) Copies of passports and visas for those traveling abroad.
- When it comes to tagging your luggage, never put you home address on, rather write your phone number or email address instead.
- Take a medical bag.
- Now this is South Africa so make sure all the doors and windows to your home are secured and locked. It is a big advantage if you have an alarm system installed; remember to arm it when you leave for your holiday. Have a neighbour or friend visit your property now and again.
- Make arrangements for pets to be taken care of if they are left at home.
- Posting moments and memories are fine, but for the love of holiday, never post your travel plans on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Protect Your Valuables and Yourself
- Ensure your car is road worthy and safe for the road. Tyre inspection is most important!!!!! If you don’t know what to look for, take your car to a service station and have them do the inspection.
- When loading your car for the holiday make sure to load heavier items first. Trailers should have the heaviest items spread across the wheels. A trailer should run horizontally behind the vehicle. Never overload!!! Especially with rooftop carriers, double check the allowed weight limits!! All loads should be secured! Remember that a loaded vehicle takes longer to stop or react, so keep a bigger following distance to the car in front.
- Make sure you make regular stops to refuel, have bathroom breaks and go for a stroll to get your circulation going.
- When traveling as a family or group, it is safe practice to have the ‘co-pilot’ stay awake and alert too.
- Buckle-up!!! Babies and children in car seats!!!! NOT on your lap!!
- Park your car as close to your destination as possible. Also make sure that your car is parked in an area that is well lit during the night.
- Always make sure that your car doors are locked, and windows closed. Check three times just to be sure. This is SA. Never leave valuables in open sight in your car. Lock them in the boot, hide them under the seat or leave them on the floor covered with a blanket.
- Don’t leave your car unattended when the motor is running. (That’s risky! And what are you thinking!)
- Write your number on your children’s arm in case they get lost when visiting shopping centres or activity centres. Always keep an eye on your children when going on holiday.
- If you plan on going out painting the town, ask the locals if there are any areas you should avoid.
- Never leave your phone or wallet in the car. Always keep them on your person.
- Try to take just enough cash for the day. The holiday is long, leave the rest locked up with your valuables.
- Don’t show off your December bonus when making a purchase. Keep as little cash as possible. If this is unclear see previous bullet point.
- Fireworks are beautiful to look at but can cause great damage to property and persons. Please don’t use these whilst under the influence of alcohol. Children should NOT handle fireworks. Ensure the safety of everybody near fireworks and have fire extinguishers available.
Protection from the Sun
The South African summer sun is brutal this time of year. Which is why it must be part of the Holiday Safety During The Festive Season list. Luckily there are things you can do to keep your skin and eyes safe from the dangers of the sun.
- Use sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun. Sunscreen with a SPF rating of SPF 50+. Make sure to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out into the sun and make sure to apply it often. Reapply the sunscreen after swimming or any physical activity even if it’s waterproof. (Use Organic Sunscreen, to protect our natural water sources)
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are on medication to make sure that it does not cause photo sensitivity, which makes you more susceptible to skin damage from the ultraviolet light of the sun.
- Make sure to wear a hat or sit under an umbrella during the hottest times of the day. Should you have neither, stay in the shade or an air-conditioned building.
- Keep hydrated, water is vital in hot weather. Remember that alcohol dehydrates, so drink water during your sessions.
- Don’t leave food out in the heat. Cover food at all times. It is the Festive season and flies are especially festive creatures…
- Mosquito’s are also on the Festivities list, so ensure you are protected. Take extra care of babies and children. Mosquito nets to cover beds and Mosquito repellent on bare skin. If you don’t like the sprays add Citronella oil to your body wash and creams.
Don’t worry. Be Happy
By following these summer holiday safety tips, the chances of having your good times spoiled are greatly reduced. Knowing you are doing everything you need to do to ensure your holiday safety during the festive season, and the safety of your loved ones gives you peace of mind as you relax and have fun. Be kind and considerate to fellow holiday makers. We all deserve to be safe and have a relaxing holiday!!!