The question that keeps playing on my mind is: “Can I really protect my children from the dangers of the world”?
Life happens and even though I wish I could protect my children from everything bad, I can’t… There’s certain situations that are out of my control. Sometimes I refuse to think about the “What if” incidents but the truth is as a parent I need to be prepared for my kids.
What do you in case of an emergency and who do you call first?
Watching the Centrum Guardian videos made me realise how important it is to have a list of emergency numbers on my phone and in my house. It also made me realise how important it is to learn about safety precautions around the house, when you on holiday and in your car. The unexpected happens when you least expect it, being prepared can help you stay calm.
Today, I want you to think about safety precautions. If you have a baby who just started crawling, did you think about baby proofing your house?
I asked myself a question this morning: “What is the first thing you would do if a fire starts at home?
I know I would look for my kids and try to escape but what if there was no way of escaping?
In an emergency situation like this, it is of so much comfort to know that world-class help is but a phone call away.
Most of us think: “Oh, it will never happen to me and if it does I’m prepared”… But are you really?
I feel a little at ease knowing that there’s the South African emergency and rescue services. These are people who dedicate their lives to helping others. Ordinary people like you and me who are making a difference every day and sometimes not getting the credit they deserve but for them, it’s not about that. It’s about helping a person in need.
Do you know the local emergency personnel in your city? Centrum is promoting a beautiful campaign which is connecting us to them. Giving us an opportunity to say Thank you. I watched the four finalist’s videos several times and to be honest I couldn’t decide which one stood out for me because every video had a special story and message.
The two videos that really made me think featured Cynthia Maqungu a Reservist Fire Fighter from Ekurhuleni Emergency Services who saved 3 people from a row of burning shacks at Ramaphosa Informal Settlement.
and Robin Fortuin a Rescue Swimmer NSRI who saved 6 people from drowning in the treacherous rip currents at Monwabisi Beach.
You do not have to be a parent to appreciate all that goes into saving lives on a daily basis. Knowing our loved ones will be in the most capable hands when we need it most makes me sleep a little easier at night. That is when I can actually sleep for more than two hours!
With their incredible dedication and service, every single one of this year’s finalists deserves the necessary recognition and a huge thank you! While I’m deciding who I’m voting for, I encourage you to watch all the stories and vote for your favourite Centrum Guardian on the website www.centrumguardians.com.
I got 5 safety tips for this winter and the emergency numbers you should have on your phone and on your fridge.