DON’T BE SCARED ... BE PREPARED!
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
||0800 123 321|
||0800 055 555|
||0800 111 211|
||041 501 3595|
||041 374 4434|
|Fire And Emergency Services
||041 585 1555|
||041 585 2311|
|Rescue Services (Aviation)
||041 581 3585|
|Rescue Services (Sea)
||041 507 1911|
||079 4900 540|
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AROUND THE HOME:
• Don’t leave a hot stove unattended.
• Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol.
• Children should not play with fire.
• Make sure your flame stove / primus stove / heater is switched off before you go to bed.
• Store matches and paraffin away from children.
• Keep flames (like candles and lamps) away from combustible materials (like curtains or bedding).
• Keep gas cylinders in a secure place.
• Remove dry leaves and vegetation around your garden and house.
• Obtain a permit from the Fire Department before burning garden refuse
• Stay indoors to avoid being injured by flying objects.
• Avoid putting objects on top of the roof.
• Listen to the radio and TV for warning of severe storms.
• Stay away from windows.
• Switch off electricity if living in a shack.
• If traveling, park under a bridge, get out and crouch behind the bridge structures.
• Plant trees to form a wind-break.
• Never position a house, storage or camp site, etc. near a water course.
• Create a diversion for water away from your house.
• In the event of thunderstorm activity or rain of a long duration, listen to warnings on the radio and TV.
• Before crossing a river, check whether the water level is rising.
• Move to higher ground when flooding occurs.
• If trapped in vehicle while there is a flood, rather abandon it and climb to higher ground. It can be dangerous to try and drive out of the water safety.
• Drive slowly during heavy rains.
• In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level.
• Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.
• Protect animals by placing them on higher ground.
• Don’t drink and drive or cross the road whilst under the influence of alcohol.
• Look left, right and then left again before crossing the road.
• Don’t drive while feeling tired.
• Animals must be kept off the streets.
• Children should not play in the streets.
• Follow the road rules at all times.
• Pedestrians should wear bright-coloured clothing at night so that drivers can see them.
• Wear shoes with rubber soles.
• While traveling in a vehicle, you are safe.
• Do not hide from lightning underneath trees.
• Switch off the electricity.
• Do not touch water when there is lightning.
• If you are in a large field when a thunderstorm threatens, get inside a home or large building, or inside an all-metal (not convertible) vehicle
• Inside a home, avoid using the telephone, except for emergencies.
• If outside, with no time to reach a safe building or an automobile, follow these rules:
• Do not stand underneath a natural lightning rod, such as a tall, isolated tree
• Avoid projecting above the surrounding landscape as you would do if you were standing on a hilltop, in an open field, on the beach, or fishing
• Get out of and away from open water
• Get away from tractors and other metal farm equipment
• Get off and away from motorcycles, scooters, golf carts and bicycles. Put down golf clubs.
• Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes, rails and other metallic paths which could carry lightning to you from some distance away.
• Avoid standing in small isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
• In the bush, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In open areas, go to a low place such as a ravine or a valley. Be alert for flash floods.
If you are hopelessly isolated in a level field or prairie and you feel your hair stand on end - indicating that lightning is about to strike - drop to your knees and bend forward putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.