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HEAT WAVE WARNINGS

While South Africa experiences the worst water shortage since 1992, the country is also in the grip of a scorching heatwave with no relief in sight. Every day sees the mercury soaring over the 40 degree mark, prompting the South African Weather Service to warn people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities. Emergency services […]

Tips for a Stress-Free Festive Season

We all love the Festive Season – work couldn’t be further from our minds; everybody’s full of festive cheer and your favourite shops at the mall never seem to close! But the festive season does come with its share of stress, especially if you’re planning a trip away from home. Here are some essential road-safety […]

World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day – you could help save a life just by knowing the facts 29 October marks World Stroke Day which falls within Stroke Awareness Week from 28 October to 4 November. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, stroke is the third biggest cause of death and one of the leading causes […]

HOW TO HELP SOMEONE HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION

Food allergies are unpredictable.  The way that your body reacts to a food allergy one time cannot be used to predict how it will react the next time.  But because of the fatal symptoms of anaphylaxis, reactions must be treated right away. Reactions to a food allergy has different effects on different parts of the […]

How to Deal with a Person Fainting

Fainting happens when a person loses consciousness suddenly for a short period of time.  This happens when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily inadequate and the person’s blood pressure drops.  The causes of fainting can range from dehydration to a person suddenly standing up after sitting to a serious heart condition. But what […]

Whiplash – How do you know and what to do?

Neck strain is often just called whiplash.  Although this is mostly associated with motor vehicle accidents, any impact or blow can cause neck strain. The symptoms of whiplash include the following: Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck. The muscles may feel hard or knotted. Pain when rocking your head from side […]

How to Help a Choking Victim

  A blockage in the throat that leads to choking can happen in moments and if not treated immediately and with the right care can lead to suffocation.  Around 3000 adults die each year due to a choking incident, but a situation such as this can easily be avoided if these steps are followed: Assess […]

Advice after a car accident

If you have ever been in an accident, you will know and understand what a stressful experience it is. To think clearly is not easy, especially if you or someone else had been injured. A million thoughts run through your head and it’s very difficult to understand what exactly just happened to you, let alone […]