WILDLAND FIRES 1

In light of the recent and ongoing wildland fires experienced in the Western Cape (See our FB page), i have decided to write a short Blog on this issue.

Landowners and State Entities need to fully understand the impact of invasive alien species on our fauna and flora and seek to find effective methods in eradicating them and thus reducing the fire load. However, it is not only the invasive plant species which pose a threat but also our indigenous species such as fynbos which is very unique in it’s own right.

Fynbos needs fire to germinate it’s seeds and thus to ensure it’s survival. In general terms, fynbos needs to burn on average every 10 to 12 years. Give or take. In my years as a professional wildland fire fighter, i have noticed an ever increasing trend among private landowners over the past 10 years or so. That is that they are too scared to burn as they are worried of the possible legal and  financial (insurance claims) for which they fear can be held against them should the fire become out of control. My advice to them would be to always contact your local fire department and liaise with your local or regional fire protection association (FPA) regarding the possible implications and also assistance from these departments. They have experts who can provide you with the best advice on when and how to burn, fire permits, stacking etc…It is also advisable to join your local FPA.

Please go to our FB page and scroll to the following dates regarding preventative tips and emergency contact numbers in the Western Cape. This information was kindly supplied by the following volunteer firefighting services;

  • Volunteer Wildfire Services and Enviro Wildfire Services.
  • January 3 2017 – Emergency numbers of the District Fire Services in Western Cape.
  • December 8 2016 – Preventative tips to help prevent wildland fires.

In the meantime, please do not be careless when lighting fires or discarding your cigarette butt. Until next time……………stay safe!

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CHOKING INFANT

In the last Blog, I spoke about choking for an adult and a child. In this section, i will discuss the steps regarding a choking infant.

Parents and Child Carers will know that an infant loves to place any object they get their hands on into their mouth and sometimes even up their nose or ear. Choking in infants is one of the main causes of infant fatalities.

WHAT TO DO!

Choking Baby  (less than 1 year old)
Determine if the baby can cough, cry or breathe?
If not, call for assistance.
Kneel down and place baby face down over your
forearm, resting against your thigh.
Give up to 5 quick back slaps between baby’s
shoulders.
If unsuccessful turn baby over, keeping the head
below the body.
Give up to 5 quick chest thrusts on the centre of
baby’s chest just below the nipples.
Repeat back slaps and chest thrusts until the
object is dislodged or baby becomes
unconscious.
If baby becomes unconscious, start CPR and call
112 (Cellphone) or 10177.

If you see an object in the mouth, carefully
remove it.

Hope this was helpful.

Till next time, Stay Safe……………………………..

CHOKING

Choking is very common and has happened to all of us some or other time. There are 2 types of airway blockages we find in choking victims;

Partial Obstruction – The patient has an airway blockage but is still able to speak and breathe.

Complete Obstruction – The patient has an airway blockage but is unable to speak or breathe. This is life threatening and requires immediate action.

Here are simple steps to use in assisting a person (Adult or Child) who is choking;

Choking Adult or Child (over 1 year old)
Ask “Are you choking?”
If the victim is able to cough, talk or breathe,
just encourage coughing.
If not, stand or kneel behind the victim and
grab your fist just above the victim’s navel.
Perform up to 5 rapid inward and upward
abdominal thrusts.

Victim must stand with their back leaned forward.
If unsuccessful, do up to 5 back slaps.
Repeat abdominal thrusts and back slaps
until the object is dislodged or victim
becomes unconscious.
If the victim is markedly obese or in late
pregnancy, do up to 5 rapid chest thrusts
(instead of abdominal thrusts).
If unsuccessful, do up to 5 back slaps.
Repeat chest thrusts and back slaps until the
object is dislodged or victim becomes
unconscious.
If victim becomes unconscious, start CPR and
call 112 (Cellphone) or 10177
If you see an object in the mouth, carefully
remove it.

Hope this has been helpful…….Till next time, stay safe.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Florian Emergency Solutions Blog.

In this blog we will be posting helpful information regarding medical emergencies as well as fire safety. All the DO’S and DONT”S!

These posts will help better prepare you and your family when dealing with these type of emergencies and provide some useful tips as how to minimise the risks.