If you have just arrived in Switzerland and you do not speak the local language, here is a handy list of emergency phrases you can use if you call the ambulance (144).
Hang it on the door of your flat or keep it in your purse!
Hopefully you will never have to use it!
Children between the ages of 1 and 4 are most at risk for drowning. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at home at the time
Statistics show that in children most drownings occur in home swimming pools, while in adults, most drownings occur in natural waters.
You are moving to an apartment on the 7th floor. It has a nice balcony off the living room. The balcony is great for relaxing on and enjoying the view. But you have
an adventurous 13 month kid who loves to climb. The balcony itself looks pretty safe, it’s high enough with vertical bars but sometimes there are hazards that can make it a dangerous place for your children. You know what you can do for your kid’s safety: you do not leave any furniture or other items out and not let him unsupervised.
Disasters and emergencies can affect people in anywhere and at any time of the year without warning. Flood, fire but even small events, such as a power outage, can quickly have disastrous effects for a family that is not prepared. Family emergency planning can be the key to surviving an emergency or to avoid bigger loss.
Family preparedness that involves every member of the household is paramount to ensuring that your family is ready for a disaster, whether or not you are in the home. Preparedness keys to success for this type of situation follow:
Create a family disaster supply kit.
You have already bought all the presents, the tree is waiting to be decorated on the balcony, you even have the menu in your head, and you are about to sit back and relax because everything is set for a beautiful Christmas? Don’t do! Rather follow the below guidelines to avoid any bad surprises…
Safety in winter – safety is rarely an everyday issue, but they should be: accidental injuries are one of the leading health problems in Switzerland. Let’s think trough the question: what does winter have to do with accidents? “It won’t happen to me” is not an attitude to take. It could. Moreover, as parents, no matter the age of our children, we should not only be aware of our own actions, but we should also ensure our children are well supervised. First thing to do is think ahead and be prepared! This means predict what can happen and what to do in case an accident happens.
In Switzerland, three out of four fires break out in private homes. The injury and suffocation is great – especially sleeping people are at risk. And fire causes substantial damage to property, and even if it is replaceable, our personal belongings can be destroyed. The good news is that 99 percent of house fires are put out before they turn deadly. Burning in a house happens much less than smoke poisoning which can be also as dangerous.
Every year, more and more people die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances that have not been properly installed, maintained or that are poorly ventilated. Levels that do not kill can cause serious harm if breathed in. In extreme cases paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to CO. Understanding of the risks and providing a reliable CO alarm could dramatically reduce this risk.