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++ Holiday Safety - Accident / Vehicle / Home / Reporting ++
12-04-2017, 01:30 PM
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++ Holiday Safety - Accident / Vehicle / Home / Reporting ++
++ Holiday Safety - Accident / Vehicle / Home / Reporting ++

Tshwane Emergency Services on high alert during Easter holidays


A roadside assistant’s camp will be manned at Wallmannsthal off-ramp during the period of the Easter weekend starting on 3 April and ending on 2 May 2017. The camp will be manned by various disciplines.

The services rendered at these camps over the past few years have proved to be valuable because response times were quick, information could be disseminated to the public, accident numbers declined and fewer serious injuries were sustained in the case of accidents. Various disciplines will also patrol all freeways over the mentioned period.

The Tshwane Emergency Services will be at the road camp during peak times; during off-peak times they will respond to incidents reported on the N1 and alternative routes from the nearest station.

Motorists are urged not to stop at the scene of an accident when Emergency Services are already there, as this causes congestion and could lead to a secondary accident.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FIRST ON THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

When you stop, make sure your car is safely parked and its hazard lights are switched on so as to avoid any further accidents or an obstruction to other road users. Stop ahead of the accident scene if possible.
• Call Emergency Services immediately.
• Never move the injured unless their lives are in danger, for instance if the vehicle is on fire or if obstacles could fall on them and cause further injuries or death.
• Assess if the injured are breathing.
• Keep the injured calm by talking to them and telling them that help is on the way.
• Try to stop severe bleeding or minimise it by applying direct pressure on the wound. Do not expose yourself to infection from contagious diseases.
• If the injured’s airway is constricted, open it by tilting the person's head backwards if possible.
• When Emergency Services arrive on the scene, inform the officer in charge of the actions you took to assist the injured. You will be asked to stand back so that Emergency Services can carry out their work.
• The public is always asked to stand behind a barrier tape so as not to be in the way of the emergency officials.
• If you witnessed an accident, inform the SAPS about what you saw.
• Never remove or destroy any obstacles or items that might help the SAPS and other officials to determine the cause of the accident.
• Remember that Emergency Services staff are highly trained and that they will ask for your help if they need it.
• Always approach a hazardous scene with great caution.


VEHICLE SAFETY

• Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy and serviced before you leave for your holiday destination.
• Have a small fire extinguisher in your vehicle.
• Have a traveller’s first-aid kit available.
• Put a container with clean water into your vehicle.
• If you transport any flammable liquid in the boot of your vehicle, make sure it is in a container that can handle pressure build-up due to shaking and heat.
• Make sure that your car battery is secured to prevent short circuits that might cause a fire.
• Make sure that all electric wires are safely in position to prevent short circuits that might cause a fire.
• If you smell any petrol or diesel while driving, stop and investigate immediately to prevent the vehicle from catching fire.
• Check your tires and all lights for roadworthiness before you depart.
• Never overload vehicles, trailers or caravans. This might lead to accidents when you have to swerve suddenly to avoid something.
• Make sure you have a safety triangle inside the vehicle for use during a breakdown. If your vehicle breaks down, stop as far to the left of the road surface as possible to avoid accidents and injuries.
• When vehicle occupants get out of the vehicle during a breakdown, make sure they get out on the left side to avoid oncoming traffic.
• Never make any U-turns on freeways or any other roads. These might cause fatal accidents.
• When approaching a roadway that is engulfed with smoke due to a fire, close all vents and windows, slow down and activate your emergency lights to warn other road users. If the roadway is totally invisible due to smoke, do not drive into the smoke area; rather wait for the smoke to clear.
• Slow down during misty conditions and switch your warning lights on to warn other road users.
• Make sure your vehicle’s wiper blades are in a good working condition.
• Always stop at a safe and secure place if you want to take a rest or stretch your legs.
• Take note of your next fuel stop to prevent your vehicle from running out of fuel.
• Always keep to the speed limits; rather be late than never.



SAFETY AT HOME

• Unplug electrical appliances if they are going to be left unattended for a long period.
• Switch off geysers and stoves at the main switch if you are going to be away from home for a long period.
• Use heaters with great caution and unplug them before you go to sleep or leave the area where they are used.
• If a power failure occurs in your area, turn off all appliances.
• Make sure that the pipes and connections of gas appliances are in good working order before you ignite the appliance.
• Gas cylinders must be kept in a well-ventilated area, preferably separate and on their own.
• Children must use candles under adult supervision only.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Flammable liquids must be stored in a cool, ventilated area to avoid explosions.
• Cover unattended swimming pools with a safety net in order to prevent drowning.
• Avoid having unnecessary waste or compost heaps if your home will be left unattended for a long period.
• Extinguish an open fire before you leave an area.
• Report grass fires immediately. No person is allowed to set fire to grass. Remember, arson is a criminal offence.
• Make sure that emergency numbers are easily accessible.
• It is a good idea for households to practise escape drills so that everyone is well prepared in case of an emergency.


REPORTING EMERGENCIES

• It is important to remain calm in an emergency.
• Make sure you report an emergency as soon as possible.
• All details given during the emergency call must be correct. For example, how many patients there are and whether they are still breathing or not; whether something is burning and what material it is; or how many vehicles are involved.
• You will be asked to give the exact address and nearest cross roads, as well as the suburb of the scene.
• Make sure you give the correct telephone number where the control centre can reach you to confirm the call or to get more information if needed.
• Never make any prank calls to any Emergency Services number.


Please be aware that fire fighters and emergency medical personnel are highly trained professionals with special skills and knowledge and that they use specialised equipment to carry out their work.

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