As a parent the biggest accomplishment is to watch our children achieve the big milestones on their journey through life: watching your child take their first steps, speak their first words, their first drawing, sleep without wetting the bed, get their first certificate, their first medal and graduate from one grade to another.
However, the moments we cherish most can be taken away from us so easily and the moments we dread bought along so quickly. In South Africa, just like any other country of the world, our children face every day dangers which can threaten their lives. Some of the biggest threats to children’s safety are:
1. car crashes – the second leading cause of death in children under one years old.
2. drowning – the leading cause of death in children aged one to two years old.
3. burns – the second leading cause of preventable death for age four years old and younger.
4. choking – the leading cause of preventable death for age four years old and under.
5. suffocation – the leading cause of death in children under one years old.
6. poisoning – third leading cause of preventable death for age four years old and younger.
What threatens a child’s life, might not take, it has the ability to panic even the most confident of parents. However, placing the responsibility on our child to keep themselves out of trouble will inevitably end in disaster. The responsibility therefore falls onto our shoulders, as their parents.
Taking steps to ensure your child’s safety should be of top priority.
Recently an app has appeared which has attracted many parents across Gauteng. Rapid Response is an app which has been designed to turn your cellular device into a live panic button. It presents you with a range of emergency options to alert emergency services in emergency or crime situation.
The application can easily be activated by pushing the “I am in trouble” button or by swiping the back of the cellphone over an NFC tag. A dedicated call centre is on hand to assist with any emergency. The app, in association with another app, has the ability to store any necessary medical information such as diseases, allergies, medications, medical aids etc. allowing paramedics and doctors to gain crucial information in a cause where the victim is unconscious.
Aero Care, a fully equipped flight ambulance, is also linked to the Rapid Response call centre and can be contacted if and when needed. It also tracks the location of your phone allowing emergency services to pinpoint your exact location. Reports of all action generated through the Rapid Response app are emailed to the victim and their family after the incident and can be used for insurance purposes.
The application is accessible via your App Store and boasts a family function.
For more information about the app visit www.rapidresponse.co.za

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