Winter Fire Safety

Winter Fire Safety

With winter on our doorstep, the Emergency Services Department would like to proactively share important safety hints when using heating appliances (such as gas and electric heaters) to keep warm during the looming cold season.
The Emergency Services has observed through experience that many fires in businesses, houses, outbuildings and shacks in winter are caused by negligence from people occupying the property. An ignorant or careless mistake can start a fire that can get out of control quickly. It is thus important to know the correct number to call for urgent professional help.

The following are the safety tips residents need to adhere to:

For gas appliances

Liquefied petroleum gas (LP gas) is a flexible, fast, clean, portable and powerful energy in a cylinder and can be used for cooking, heating, refrigeration and lighting.
Gas cylinders used in the everyday environment range from 3 kg to 48 kg. The law dictates that a maximum of 19 kg is allowed to be kept inside a house and a maximum of 9 kg in a flat.

SANS 10087 part 1 of 2013 describes the requirements for the handling, storage, distribution and maintenance of LP gas in domestic, commercial and industrial installations. Section 5.2.2.1(a, b) of this standard, describes the indoor location required for LP gas containers.
Cylinders larger than 19 kg must be stored outside. For safety purposes, a lockable steel cage is recommended. The cage should have signage indicating that gas is flammable and that no open flames may be near the cage.

Any fixed installation may only be undertaken by a properly trained and registered LP gas installer. The installer must advise the user on the safe use of the appliance and issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) on completion of the installation. (See www.saqccgas.co.za for a list of registered installers.)
Portable gas heaters are popular for household use and extreme caution must be exercised once it is securely connected to a gas bottle and ready for use. All extra gas cylinders must be stored outside the house and inside a ventilated cage. Emergency personnel attending to any fire incident must be informed of any cylinders on your premises.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully.
  • Always turn your heater off at the cylinder valve before going to bed or leaving the room or your property.
  • Ensure all the components of your unit are well maintained, e.g. the heater, regulator, hose and hose connection.
  • When changing the cylinder, first close the valve and then remove the regulator. Always check that the rubber “O-ring” (washer) on the end of the regulator is not worn, brittle or damaged in any way. Replace it at any sign of damage.
  • Ensure the “O-ring” is still located on the end of the regulator, as it sometimes gets stuck in the cylinder valve.
  • Test any gas appliance or heater for possible leaks by spraying a soap-water solution on all connections. Leaks will show in the form of a bubble and must be repaired immediately.
  • Do not use aerosols or flammable, cleaning liquids or sprays close to the heater.
  • Avoid sitting or standing too close to your heater – a safe distance would be 1 metre away.
  • Always ensure that the room in use is well ventilated so that there is a continuous supply of fresh air (oxygen). If it becomes stuffy, open the windows and doors to allow fresh air in immediately.
  • Ensure that your heater is positioned away from any flammable materials and is not blocking any escape route.
  • Never place clothes or other items on your heater.
  • Do not move your unit while it is in use.
  • Educate children on the safe use of gas appliances and never leave them without supervision in a room where an appliance is located.
  • If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas cylinder immediately and, if possible, take the heater outside.
  • Do not re-use the heater until it has been checked by a reputable LP gas dealer.
  • Only use LP gas appliances that are permitted to be sold in South Africa. A complete list is available on www.lpgas.co.za. Click on the Safety button and then on find a Safe Appliance.
  • For more information on the safe use of LP gas, visit the website of the LPGas Safety Association (www.lpgas.co.za) or contact the association on 011 886 9702.
  • Safety at home

  • Use appliances that carry the SABS mark of approval.
  • Unplug electrical appliances if they are not going to be used for a long time.
  • Use electric heaters with great caution and unplug them before you go to sleep or leave the area where they are used.
  • Place heaters away from materials such as curtains, bedding, clothing and wooden furniture and ensure adult supervision if children are around.
  • Switch electric blankets off at the wall plug once you leave the bed.
  • Have electric cables installed by a professional electrician to minimise the risk of fire.
  • Never run electric cables under carpets, as this might cause a short and start a fire.
  • Turn off all electrical appliances if a power failure occurs in your area.
  • Use paraffin appliances in a well-ventilated area and switch them off after using them.
  • Store flammable liquids in a cool, ventilated area to avoid explosions.
  • Ensure that the chimney in your house is cleaned regularly and covered with a safety shield.
  • Install smoke alarms in the house and have a fire extinguisher at hand for use in an emergency.
  • Avoid having unnecessary waste or compost heaps if your home will be left unattended for a long time.
  • Extinguish an open fire before you leave it.
  • Do escape drills so that everyone is well prepared in an emergency.
  • Make sure that emergency numbers are easily accessible.
  • Take special care when you use open fires for braaiing or heating and extinguish all fires once you leave the area.
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    24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

    Safety Tips For Cyclists

    Cycling safety has become a major concern on the South Africa roads as there has been a significant increase in the number of fatal road crashes and accidents involving cyclists.
    Competitions are well organized and there is careful attention to safety details – it is however during training that cyclists must deal with the dangers caused by other road users, harsh conditions of nature and the perils of bad road conditions.

    The following tips will enhance cycling safety:

    • Always ensure that your bike is in good repair.
    • Always wear cycling helmets to prevent head injuries. Head injuries cause a high percentage of all cycling deaths – much of which can be prevented by wearing a helmet.
    • Replace any damaged helmets for maximum protection. Helmets must fit properly to be safe. When the straps and comfort pads are adjusted, the helmet should not move forward, backward, or come off. It should sit level on the head and extend down to about two fingers (3 cm) above the eyebrows. Chin straps should be snug without pinching, and the front and rear straps should meet just below each ear when tightly adjusted.
    • Helmets only work once. If a helmet has been in a collision that required the inner lining to absorb shock, buy another one! Even though the damage may not be visible, the shock absorbing qualities may be deadened.
    • Wear eyewear to protect eyes from dirt, wind and bugs.
    • Wear reflective and fluorescent clothing suitable for the weather and time of day that will help other road users to see you.
    • Obey the rules of the road and know what each traffic sign means.
    • Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
    • Watch out for surface conditions like potholes and debris.
    • Never ride your bike through puddles, there may be hazards hidden beneath the water that you can’t see.
    • Allow ample time to inform vehicles behind of your intention to turn either left or right with hand signals.
    • Keep both hands on the handlebars unless signalling.
    • Avoid swerving left and right on the road, ride in a straight line.
    • Avoid speeding behind a moving vehicle, if it brakes sharply there could be a collision.
    • Pedestrians should be given priority always, remember that some of them may be partially sighted or deaf and may not be aware of your presence.
    • Avoid carrying any load that will affect your balance and centre of gravity.
    • On hot summer days, wear sunscreen and carry water to prevent dehydration.

    Cyclists are encouraged to wear an emergency bracelet. There have been several cyclists that owe their lives to the fact that they were wearing an identification bracelet or some other means of identification. This is very important info for medics to have when treating an injured cyclist as they are often unconscious or incoherent in an accident.

    Source:http://www.arrivealive.co.za

    24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

    Safety Tips For Runners

    Safety Tips For Runners

    Safety is the number one priority for runners and walkers. Here are some safety tips to ensure that you get the most out of your training:

    Safety during the run

    • Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
    • Think about possible escape routes in case of a confrontation.
    • Take notice of who is ahead of you and who is behind you. Know where the nearest public sites are with some general activity – there is usually safety in numbers.
    • When in doubt, follow your intuition and avoid potential trouble. If something seems suspicious, do not panic, but run in a different direction.
    • Run clear of parked cars, bushes, dark areas.
    • Be extra vigilant at junctions with alleyways where traffic may emerge.
    • Run across the street at crosswalks and always pay attention to traffic lights.
    • Drivers have a bad habit of not looking for pedestrians. Be sure to make eye contact before crossing in front of a car.
    • Never assume you have been seen!
    • Be considerate of other road/ pavement users – do not force pedestrians into the road – do not step off the pavement without checking behind – cyclists do not make a noise!
    • Be aware of other hazards such as forces of nature, animals etc.
    • Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
    • Ignore verbal harassment.
    • Do not approach a car to give directions or the time of day. Point toward the nearest police or information source, shrug your shoulders but keep moving. If you feel you must respond, do it while moving.

    Clothing / running gear for safe running

    • Dress appropriately – Respect the cultural norms of the society that you are in. In countries where women dress in loose clothing that covers them completely, avoids form-fitting jogging clothing.
    • When selecting a running shoe, look for good shock absorption and construction that will provide stability and cushion to the foot.
    • Excessive clothing can produce sweating, which causes the body to lose heat rapidly and can increase the risk of hypothermia. Instead, dress in layers. The inner layer should be material that takes perspiration away from the skin (polypropylene, thermal); the middle layer (not necessary for legs) should be for insulation and absorbing moisture (cotton); the outer layer should protect against wind and moisture (nylon).
    • If exposed to the sun, apply sunscreen. ]
    • Wear sunglasses to filter out UVA and UVB rays, and wear a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and face.
    • On very windy days goggles or eyeglasses can provide additional protection.
    • Always carry some form of identification in a wrist pocket and some change for a phone call.
    • Also include information on any allergies, blood group, medical fund and contact number of next of kin.
    • If travelling alone and staying at a hotel, carry a card with the hotel phone number and address.
    • Do not wear headsets when running alone on the street – do not wear anything which distracts you. You need to be completely aware of your environment.
    • Research has shown that high visibility clothing is effective at improving drivers’ awareness of the presence of runners and cyclists. If drivers are aware of other road users just a fraction of a second earlier then they can take evasive action that can prevent an accident. If you aren’t seen, the consequences are often tragic.
    • Light coloured clothing is safer than dark colours. Fluorescent and reflective strips provide increased driver awareness once you are in the beam of the car headlights.
    • Don’t wear jewellery.
    • Take a whistle with you.

    Planning the run

    • Traffic: When you run outdoors, traffic will be a hazard.
    • Let others know where you will be running, and stay in familiar areas, away from traffic if possible.
    • Run on the side of the road facing traffic -run preferably in the early mornings when traffic is sparse and exhaust fumes are few and far between.
    • Always give traffic right of way and watch for those crazy overtaking speedsters who don’t care about runners.
    • Try to get a running partner – If staying at a hotel, ask the concierge for nearby, safe running routes, or possibly a school track.
    • Caution another runner in case you find one is not being mindful of something you think is basic—it could save someone from getting injured.
    • Do not run at night, but if you run at dusk or dawn, wear reflective material.
    • Whenever possible, run on a clear, smooth, resilient, even, and reasonably soft surface. Avoid running on hills, which increases stress on the ankle and foot.
    • When running on curved surfaces, change directions in forwarding movement, so that you have even pressure on both feet during the run.
    • Avoid unpopular areas, deserted streets, lonely trails – and especially avoid unlighted routes at night.
    • Run in familiar areas. Be aware of emergency phones and how they work, note the location of neighbours you trust along with your route.
    • Be careful of the terrain and aware of possible potholes and cracks in the streets and sidewalks that can cause major injury.
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    Source:http://www.arrivealive.co.za

    24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

    Firearm Safety

    Firearm Safety
    With safety from crime a very important consideration for South Africans, many have become firearm owners and are transporting firearms in their vehicles. We would like to assist in creating safety awareness about firearms, both when on and away from our roads!

    We would like to include some rules and recommendations that can be applied when handling firearms. The purpose of this section is to eliminate or minimize the risks of unintentional death, injury or damage caused by improper handling of firearms.

    Fundamentals of Firearm Safety

  • Always assume all guns are loaded. The only unloaded gun in the entire world is the one that you have in your hand and have personally verified as unloaded. If you set it down and take your hand off from it, it becomes a loaded gun again.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
  • Control the muzzle – Don’t point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy. Never point a firearm at yourself or others.
  • Know your target and make sure you identify what you are shooting at and know what lies in front of and beyond it.
  • Never climb a tree, fence or wall while carrying a loaded gun.
  • If you are going to leave a gun, make sure it is unloaded and lying flat or secured in a proper rack.
  • Never take alcohol, drugs or medications immediately before or during shooting.
  • Never shoot at flat hard surfaces or water, which causes ricochets.
  • Check ammunition to see if it is the right size.
  • Should a gun fail to discharge after the trigger is pulled, keep the gun pointing at the target for at least 30 seconds.
  • Never take a gun out of a vehicle by pulling it toward you by the muzzle.
  • Secure your guns so that they are not readily accessible to unauthorized users.
  • Always wear ear plugs or muffs to protect your hearing.
  • Shooting glasses should be used to protect your eyes from gas blow back.
  • Safety Rules Related to the Operator/ Shooter and his Behaviour

    We should pay close attention to various aspects of safety. The operator is the most important component in the safety chain. The operator should adhere to the following safety rules:

    • Keep the action open and the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
    • Never pass a firearm to another person, or accept a firearm from another person, until the cylinder or action is open, and you’ve personally checked that the weapon is completely unloaded.
    • Before handling any firearm, understand its operation.
    • Never rely on any mechanical device for safety.
    • Think before shooting: once you pull the trigger you can’t take back the shot you’ve just fired!
    • Handling firearms is dangerous – Never joke around or engage in horseplay while handling or using firearms.
    • Be alert at all times; never shoot if you’re tired, cold or impaired in any way. Don’t mix alcohol or drugs with shooting.
    • Don’t sleep with a loaded firearm in your bedroom if you sleepwalk, have nightmares, sleep restlessly or have other sleep problems.
    • Safeguard your sight, hearing and health. Always wear eye and ear protection.
    • If you see unsafe behaviour any time when firearms are being handled or used, speak up and take action to correct the unsafe behaviour at once.

    Safety Rules Related to Your Target

    The handler should never operate the firearm without close attention to his target. Safety rules include:

    • Identify your target and the threat it poses before firing at it.
    • Ask yourself – What’s behind your target? Always make sure that a stray shot, or a bullet which penetrates its intended target through and through, will be safely stopped.
    • Never shoot at a hard surface, or at water — your shot may glance off, ricochet and injure someone.
    • Never shoot at glass bottles, living trees, or inappropriate targets which would create a hazard for other persons or damage the environment.
    • Never shoot a rifle or handgun directly upwards, or at a high angle of elevation. A bullet fired at an angle into the air can have enough energy to accidentally kill someone far away!
    • Never shoot across a highway or other road.
    • Never vandalize a road sign (or other public or private property) by using it as a target.

    Safety Rules Related to Your Firearm

    Proper maintenance and care could prevent many accidents. Safety guidelines should include:

    • Making sure your firearm is in good mechanical condition before firing it.
    • Periodically have your firearm checked for signs of erosion, cracking, or wear by the factory, by a qualified armourer, or by a factory certified gunsmith.
    • Never try to fire a gun which may have a plugged or partially obstructed barrel.
    • Modifications made to a firearm should only be made by a qualified individual, and should not interfere with your firearm’s safety features.
    • Accessories, such as holsters and grips, must be compatible with the firearm and not interfere with its safe operation.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure that your firearm is always either about your person and under your personal control, or positively secured from access by children or other unauthorized parties. Prevent tragedy: lock down your firearms when they aren’t in use.
    • When storing a firearm for a long period of time, consider storing the slide, bolt, or other critical components of the firearm separately under separate lock and key.
    • Never carry a single action revolver with a round under the hammer unless that revolver is a modern transfer-bar type, equipped with an inertial firing pin.
    • Never carry a pistol with a round in the chamber unless the pistol has an automatic firing-pin block and/or an inertial firing pin.
    • Avoid carrying or storing an external hammer-type firearm with its hammer cocked. Exercise extreme care in de-cocking any external hammer firearm: it is very easy to experience an accidental discharge while doing so if your thumb slips off the hammer.
    • Avoid unloading a firearm by working the cartridges through the action one-at-a-time; drop the magazine and then eject the round which may be left in the chamber, instead, if possible.
    • Never use a scope mounted on a firearm as a general-purpose spotting scope: while observing an area you may end up accidentally aiming your firearm at fellow hunters, or other non-targets.
    • Avoid trying to catch a live round (while unloading a semi-automatic pistol) by cupping your hand around the ejection port while retracting the slide; doing so may result in an accidental discharge.

    Safety Rules Related to Ammunition

    Firearms are generally only a danger when there is ammunition involved as well! Pay close attention to correct and safe ammunition!

    • Be sure your gun and ammunition are compatible. Shooting incorrect ammunition in a firearm may cause it to be damaged or even make it blow up.
    • Relying on ammunition which doesn’t feed reliably in your particular firearm may make your firearm malfunction at a critical juncture.
    • Use only ammunition recommended for your firearm by its manufacturer.
    • Use reloaded ammunition judiciously. Be aware that many firearms manufacturers specifically forbid the use of reloaded ammunition in their products, and will void their product’s warranty if you elect to use reloaded ammunition in contravention of their instructions.
    • The safety of that reloaded ammunition directly depends on the care, components, equipment, and practices used in preparing it.
    • Carry only one calibre of ammunition when shooting. Accidentally grabbing the wrong ammunition while shooting can result in a shooter or third party being injured, or damage or destruction of a firearm.
    • Store ammunition that isn’t being used under lock and key, inaccessible to unauthorized parties and children.
    • Dispose of unwanted ammunition safely.

    Safe Firearm Storage

    Firearms are dangerous even when they are not in your hands! Pay close attention to the safe storage of your firearm – When you are not using your firearm, you should insure that it is stored safely!

    Measures designed to prevent unauthorized access to a defensive firearm by minors, or firearm theft, include:
    • Use of a simplex-type locking box for securing firearms which need to be kept loaded, yet available for ready-access defensive use, and
    • Use of trigger locks or padlocks to secure firearms which don’t need to be kept immediately available for defensive use.

    Also note that:
    • Gun security devices which rely solely on physical strength to secure firearms from unauthorized use are generally undesirable since ingenious children can potentially employ leverage or tools to overcome those devices.
    • “Hiding” a firearm won’t secure it from discovery and possible misuse by curious children or intruders.
    • Metal gun cabinets or gun safes can be used to safeguard firearms from unauthorized access or theft in many circumstances and metal gun cabinets or gun safes are generally preferable to open racks or glass-front cabinets.
    • Firearms should be stored unloaded and separate from ammunition when the firearm isn’t needed for ready-access defensive use.
    • You may want to store critical components of a firearm (such as the gun’s bolt or slide) separately from the rest of the firearm when the gun won’t be used in the immediate future.

    Also consider “gun-proofing” your child by proper training, and by controlled and closely supervised access to firearms to reduce your child’s natural unsatisfied curiosity about firearms.
    Gun Safety for Children

    Children who are generally considered too young to be allowed to handle firearms at all can be taught a different set of rules:
    • Stop.
    • Don’t touch.
    • Leave the area.
    • Tell an adult.

    The purpose of these rules is to prevent children from inadvertently handling firearms. Children should be warned to avoid contact with firearms and when older, taught how to behave when coming into contact with firearms.

    Source: www.arrivealive.co.za

    24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

    Public Safety Initiative

    Jozi Trails, a not for profit company that will manage the development and maintenance of recreational trails along the Braamfontein Spruit, was launched on Wednesday evening at the Delta Environmental Centre at Delta Park in Johannesburg. The pilot project will cover Delta Park, Emmarentia and all the trails connecting them. In time it will expand to cover some 37 kilometers from Albert’s Farm to the NI in Fourways.
    Speaking at the launch function, project head Albert van Urk laid out the plans for Jozi Trails. These include trail maintenance to prevent environmental degradation, improved security along the spruit, the installation of signage, fundraising and sponsorship. “What we do will be properly designed and well maintained,” said van Urk, “and it must be able to accommodate multiple user groups. We want to create a resource for the people of Johannesburg that will change the way people view the city.”
    Security company 24/7 Security Services Managing Director David de Lima announced that his company has sponsored four public safety ambassadors to patrol the Jozi Trails pilot area on bicycles from 6am to 6pm on weekends. They will also be able to call for assistance in case of an incident or activate Netcare 911 for medical emergencies.
    Over the years, a number of walking and cycling trails have developed organically along the Braamfontein Spruit as the city densified, creating an increased demand for better outdoor recreational facilities. Environmentally sensitive areas will be carefully managed by Jozi Trails, according to Geoff Lockwood of the Delta Environmental Centre. “Our challenge is to accommodate all users while enhancing biodiversity,” Lockwood said.
    Louise Gordon, the head of Business Development and Stakeholder Management for Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo said that the City of Johannesburg supports initiatives like Jozi Trails that develop and improve public parks and spaces for all users. Ward Councillor Tim Truluck said that Jozi Trails is a well-run project that is will serve as a model to other communities across the City and further afield.
    Already many years in the making, Jozi Trails is working closely with Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, and is in the process of applying for the required environmental and water use licences in terms of the National Environmental Management Act which will then allow Jozi Trails to design and build better, environmentally sensitive trails for enjoyment by the people of Johannesburg.

    Enquiries:

    Albert van Urk, Jozi Trails: 082 909 0900
    Cheryl Labuschagne, Jozi Trails: 083-637-0394
    Louise Gordon, Head: Business Development & Stakeholder Management, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo: 076-950-5149
    Geoff Lockwood, Delta Environmental Centre: 082-346-2597
    Tim Truluck, City of Johannesburg Ward Councillor: 083-619-1513

    Click here to download the Jozi Trail Press Release.

    Bank Account and Email Scams

      It has been brought to our attention that there is a scam in circulation that advises individuals and businesses that 24/7 Security Services’ bank details have changed. The scam seems to involve phone calls, emails and a combination of the two communication channels. These types of scams are nothing new and tend to appear every few years. We urge clients and suppliers to be alert and pay close attention to all communication received.

    Please note that 24/7 Security Services’ bank details have not changed.

    Important:

    • Scammers often create fake email addresses under the names of employees – this is called email spoofing.
    • There has been a massive upsurge in attempts to compromise cloud-based e-mail accounts such as Google Apps and Office 365.
    • The attackers want your login and password details for them to “eavesdrop” on your e-mail communication allowing them to gather information about for instance who requests and makes payments in your organisation.
    • The attackers will then proceed (sometimes only months later) to set up a profile impersonating you and will for instance make requests for payments to be made to their accounts.
    • They also use this information to attempt to scam your customers into making payments into “changed” company bank accounts.
    • Ignore any e-mail requesting you to confirm any of your login details online. This includes e-mails requesting confirmation of your online banking information!
    • Some of these e-mail requests are sent as notifications that your mailbox is full or needs to have its storage space upgraded, and even that someone else has logged into your mailbox from a different device and to confirm ownership of the mailbox by entering your login and password.
    • Do not click on any web links on an email that you are unsure of.

    All email communication from 24/7 Security Services will be from an 24-7security.co.za email address.

    CHANGE OF BANK ACCOUNT SCAMS

    Source: The Banking Association South Africa,www. banking.org.za
    Criminals are always on the lookout for fresh new ways to make easy money. However, the majority of fraud is just old ideas that catch new people. Businesses must be aware of business-to-business Identity Theft scams that involve the fraudulent diverting of payments into accounts not belonging to suppliers.

    Perpetrators of this scam usually assume the identity of a supplier. The fraudsters may call the targeted business to introduce themselves as the new account manager at a supplier that holds a contract with the business. An email or a letter using fraudulent letterheads is sent to inform the targeted business of changes in banking account details. The perpetrators will request all future payments be paid into the new account. The new bank details belong to an account under the control of the fraudsters.

    This is an old scam, but the perpetrator’s attention to detail makes these communications seem authentic, which can turn unsuspecting businesses into easy targets. These perpetrators ensure that correspondence from the targeted business to verify the notification is diverted to a member of their group who will confirm the instruction to be legitimate. Businesses should take their time to verify the notifications for change in banking details from their suppliers even when under pressure to do so at the end of the month, unless of course the legitimacy of the notice is certain. Businesses should always ensure that they are satisfied with the validity of supplier communications.

    Having rapport with individuals in the supplier’s office is the easiest way to confirm these types of requests telephonically with a trusted source. Where feasible, businesses should train staff in proper supplier relationship management procedures and how to be alert to slight tweaks in e-mail addresses and other details of communications.

    TIPS TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF CHANGE OF BANKING ACCOUNT DETAILS SCAMS:

    • Verify all notices of changes in bank account details
    • Beware of false confirmation e-mails from almost identical e-mail addresses, such as .com instead of co.za, or slight variations from genuine addresses that can be easily missed.
    • It is essential that identity of the person your business is dealing with is confirmed at all times.
    • Ensure you always shred and never throw away your business (and suppliers) invoices or any communication material that contains letterheads.
    • Verify any request for or changes to information with the supplier over the telephone, ideally with someone you know and have known for some time.
    • Use your database contact details to confirm notifications for any changes of banking details via official correspondence with your suppliers (such as a letter), preferably before processing the next payment.
    • Do not publish your bank account details on the internet. This private information can be used fraudulently to trick genuine customers into making payments to alternative accounts.
    • Ensure that your company’s private information is not disclosed to third parties who are not entitled to receive it, or third parties whose identities cannot be suitably verified.

    24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

    Pay Day Safety Tips.

    We all work hard for our money and we need to be alert when carrying cash around pay day. Exercise caution when carrying cash by following the below tips.

    At the ATM:

      • Be alert and conscious of your surroundings when using the ATM.
      • Never give your card or PIN (Personal Identification Number) to anyone, for any reason.
      • Don’t write your PIN on the card or anything that is kept with the card.
      • Do not insert your card until asked to do so by the display screen.
      • Never use an ATM with a blank screen and, if the ATM is obscured from view or poorly lit, leave immediately and find another ATM.
      • Stand close to the ATM and use your body and hand as shield to make sure nobody sees you keying in your pin.
      • Also, make sure you keep your hand over the card slot to make sure nobody can swop or take your card.
      • Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM. You should be wary of strangers asking for help.
      • Criminals work in teams- one to distract you while the other steals your card or money.
      • If your card is retained (swallowed) by the ATM it is advisable to phone your bank toll free stop card line immediately and stop your card.
      • Never allow a bystander to call the toll-free stop card line on your behalf- they could be tricking you into thinking your card has been stopped.
      • Guards are placed at ATMs to discourage criminal activities and therefore cannot help you with transactions.
      • If you need help, ask a bank official.
      • It is advisable to set a daily ATM withdrawal limit at your branch.

    Carrying cash (Individuals)
    If you need to pay accounts, consider options that are lower risk instead of withdrawing large sums of cash. Apply the following tips to avoid being a victim:

      • Carry as little cash as possible.
      • Consider the convenience of paying your accounts electronically. Cconsult your bank to find out about other available options.
      • Consider making use of cell phone banking or internet transfers or ATMs to do your banking.

    Carrying cash (Businesses)
    A small business which is cash based and needs to deposit money on a regular basis at the bank should apply the following tips which will minimize the chances of you being a victim of robberies:

      • Alternate the days and times on which you deposit cash.
      • Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you.
      • Do not openly display the money you are depositing while you are standing in the bank queue.
      • Avoid carrying money bags, briefcases or openly displaying your deposit receipt book.
      • It’s advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognisable or detected.
      • If the amount of cash you are regularly depositing is increasing as your business grows, consider using the services of a cash management company.
      • Refrain from giving wages to your contract or casual labourers in full view of the public rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank.
      • Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on a typical pay day.
      • Consider arranging for electronic transfers of wages to your contract or casual labourers’ personal bank accounts.

    Carrying cash (Saving clubs and stokvels)
    If you are a member of a cash savings club, advise members of your club of the following tips that will assist your club from being victim to cash robberies:

      • Refrain from making cash deposits of club members’ contributions on high risk days, e.g. Monday after month end.
      • Ensure persons depositing club cash contributions or making withdrawals are accompanied by another club member.
      • A stokvel, savings club or burial society can arrange for members to deposit cash directly into the club’s account instead of collecting cash contributions.
      • Arrange for the club’s pay-out to be electronically transferred into each club member’s personal account or accounts of their choice.

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    24/7 Security Mobile App

    The 24/7 Security Mobile App turns your smart mobile device into your personal home alarm management system and includes a panic button.
    This application is free to all 24/7 Security Armed Response subscribers – it connects you directly to our Command Centre and instantly informs you of any activity on your monitored premises.

    The 24-7 Security Mobile App enables you to:

      • Activate the panic button functionality – through geo-location*. The App will alert the Command
        Centre of your exact location. (*mobile location settings need to be active)
      • Seamlessly manage your security profile, including key holders’ details, holiday instructions and site
        contact personnel.
      • Test your alarm system to ensure correct alarm functionality.
      • Log calls for technical support.
      • Medical emergency activation, supported by Netcare 911.
      • Fire emergency activation, the Command Centre will contact your nearest Fire Station.
      • Access the 24/7 Security Meet and Greet Service. (This service is subject to the availability of a
        vehicle in your area.)
      • Download the FREE App – 24-7 Security – from the iStore or Google Play Store.

    Click here for more information.

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    Driver Safety

    Driver Safety

    Safety Awareness in a Vehicle

    • Ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition when you plan to go on a journey.
    • Ensure that the fuel tank of your vehicle always has sufficient fuel.
    • Always lock your vehicles doors and keep the windows closed.
    • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.
    • Avoid stopping at remote places.
    • Park your vehicle in places that are well lit.
    • If a stranger wants to talk to you while in your vehicle, do not open the window wide -only 5 cm is enough to have a discussion.
    • If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away.
    • Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.
    • Vary the route you travel to work and back, if this is possible.
    • If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.
    • If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.
    • Car jackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.
    • If your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual(s) involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.
    • Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car.
    • Your life is more valuable than your possessions.
    • Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.
    • Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.
    • A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
    • Do not give strangers a lift.
    • A gear lock is an affordable and a very effective anti-theft device.
    • If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage.
    • Do not open your garage doors before your gates are closed.

    Safety Awareness when Parking/Driving your Vehicle

    • Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers guarding other cars.
    • Do not leave your firearm in the motor vehicles glove compartment (cubbyhole) or anywhere in the vehicle when you park the vehicle (this is against the law!).
    • Make sure that all the doors and windows are properly locked when you park your car.
    • Valuable items like a laptop and camera should be put in the boot of your car.
    • Be aware of people coming to you and informing you that you have a flat tire, the intention can be to steal items that they see inside the car or rob your car.
    • Always close your windows when driving in the city centre.
    • Do not open your windows for hawkers along the road and at the robots.
    • Keep the doors locked and windows closed at all times.
    • Do not use a cellular phone unless you have a hands-free kit.
    • Lock your valuables in the cars boot before departure.
    • At night, park in well-lit areas.
    • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice.
    • Practice the same prevention skills you apply in parking lots or garages at home.
    • Become familiar with your route before you start the trip.
    • Get a map of the route and study it.
    • Store luggage in the cars boot where it is out of sight.
    • Do not leave your goods/valuable items visible in the car.
    • Do not leave your handbag/briefcase visible in the car.
    • Do not leave your keys in the ignition.
    • Always lock the doors and close the windows when getting out of the car.
    • Remove detachable radios and the radio=s face when getting out of the car.
    • Try to fit an alarm and/or anti-theft device in your car.
    • Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach your car, especially if they are difficult to find in your handbag.
    • Parking lots with a parking attendant or supervision/ someone patrolling are best, otherwise try to park in locations that are well lit and/or well populated and not crowded by bushes or buildings where offenders might hide.

    Road Safety: Aggressive Driving Behaviour

    The followings aspects might trigger aggressive behaviour:

    • Following too close to the vehicle in front.
    • Passing vehicles on the left.
    • Cutting in and out of traffic and failing to signal while engaging in multiple lane changes.
    • Crossing safety markings while merging onto ramps.
    • Failing to yield at ramps and intersections.
    • Violating railroad crossings.
    • Displaying or using a weapon.
    • Displaying aggressive or obscene gestures.
    • Slow moving traffic in fast lanes, etc.

    The following hints are applicable:

    • Do not react to provocation.
    • Stay away from erratic drivers.
    • Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
    • Use your hooter sparingly.
    • Do not flash your headlights.
    • Do not make obscene gestures.
    • Do not change lanes without using your indicator.
    • Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front of you.
    • Do not block lanes.

    Source: South African Police Service

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    Back to School Safety Tips

    Back to School Safety Tips

    Safety and security are like the journey to school, it’s an ongoing process that requires you to keep your head up and always be aware of your surroundings.

    At home

    If you cannot be home when your children arrive after school, there are a few things you can do to keep them safe:

    • Install an alarm system with remote alerts and keyless entry, so your child doesn’t need to carry a key
    • Teach them how to use the system and arm it to stay safe
    • Children must never to open the door for anyone they do not know.
    • If the house looks like someone is inside, have a “safe house” in the neighbourhood where your children can go until help arrives
    • Have your children memorize their home address and your cell phone number
    • Know where your children are at all times

    Walking or riding a bike

    As a parent, the decision to let your child walk to school or ride a bike is a much more concerning one than it was years ago. If you live in a fairly safe area and know your neighbours, then you may feel comfortable allowing your children to walk or bike to school. Some safety issues to consider are:

    • Instruct your kids to take the same route every day, no shortcuts.
    • Tell them not to stop to talk with anyone, especially strangers in a vehicle.
    • Ideally, you would have your kids walk or bike together in groups, never alone and always wear a helmet.
    • Teach your kids the rules of the road for biking.
    • Have a “safe house” in the neighbourhood where kids can go if they feel uncomfortable or observe someone they don’t know in the area.
    • Make sure your children understand the dangers and remember to stay alert, be watchful and careful on their way to and from school.

    Teen drivers

    Your newly licensed driver may be excited to start driving themselves and friends to school, but it’s up to the parent to set the rules to keep everyone safe.

    • First, set clear expectations about safe driving and curfews. Make sure your teen understands the danger of distracted driving, especially texting or using the phone while driving.
    • Limit the number of kids they can take to or from school. The more teenagers in the car, the more likely things can get distracting.
    • Be sure all kids in the car wear their seatbelts all the time.
    • It is a good idea to do a few dry runs with teens in the car to make sure they know the routine and how to safely navigate their way to and from school.

    Out and about

    • Should your kids be waiting at the school to be collected at the end of the day, always ensure they are instructed to remain inside the school property, and not outside in the street.
    • Cell phones and electronic devices cause distractions, and they are a target for criminals. Kids must refrain from listening to music on an electronic device when walking to and from school, or when waiting for transport. Cell phones and other valuables must be stored out of sight.
    • Teach kids not to engage with strangers. Should they be approached by a stranger or suspicious person, they need immediately move away and alert a teacher or security guard.

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