Stay Safe This Festive Season
The festive season is the time of year when impossibly too much is happening all at once: the holidays, travels, children out of school, working to meet the year’s final deadlines. Today we are sharing a few tips to keep you and your family safe during this year’s hive of activity.
Most Afropolitans, whether going to visit family outside of the province or going on holiday in coastal cities, tend to travel by road. This means our main roads in and out of Gauteng are busy during the festive season. Even if you are not travelling long-distance or leaving the province, these road safety tips are important to keep in mind:
- Check the car: this is especially important now given the frequency of rain during summer. Bad tyres and wet roads are a bad combination.
- Drive sober each time: Driving sober-minded includes taking a break and resting when you have been driving for too long as well as staying off the phone to ensure you aren’t distracted.
- Buckle up: Wear your seat belt and ensure that children are strapped onto their seats.
- The kiddies lock is your friend during long trips.
The Highveld summer has, so far, been characterised by ongoing heat waves followed by flash floods. As we have seen this last while, the rains get so heavy and strong, cars are getting swept away. It’s safer to stay off the roads when there’s a storm forecast.
Remember that it’s important for you and your family to stay hydrated during these hot months. Also keep in mind that on extremely hot/heatwave days, it’s dangerous to consume large quantities of alcohol. Just drink water.
Festive Season Safety for kids
Fireworks tend to be available in abundance over the festive season and it’s important that you teach your kids to engage with them safely. Always supervise any use of fireworks to minimise chances of accidents.
Double up on all sunscreen usage and ensure that kids are using it daily, especially when they are playing outside and going to be in direct sunlight. Ensure that they reapply their sun protection when they come out of the pool. Speaking of swimming pools, it’s essential to have an adult supervise all swimming time, in case of an emergency.