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At resqme, Inc, we are always open to building partnerships to raise awareness about personal and road safety. Our vision reaches far beyond being a supplier of safety tools, and we are often asked to support Foundations with a similar cause. A noteworthy example is the Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund which was created after 21-year old Ashley died because her car sunk in a lake.
Recently, we came across a segment on NBC News to honor a Foundation created in the memory of Matthew Salenieks, who died in a car that sank. We then contacted Jamie Fenster, who was very close to him and a Board Member of the Foundation. We feel compelled to share this story, by supporting a Foundation that promotes lifesaving tips and our resqme tool, and saves lives in danger.
On December, 19th 2015, Matthew Salenieks and his best friend David Dodds were driving home when they got into a car accident. They hit a tree as they were making a turn on a very narrow bridge over a watery canal. The car flipped upside down and landed in the water. The 24 and 25 year old young men both drowned in a 6-inches deep canal of mud and water.
How could two young men, who were in perfect physical condition, stay trapped in a sinking car and be unable to escape? This tragedy pushed Jamie and her daughter Emilee Fenster, two good friends of Matthew, to find answers. They started browsing the Internet, going through video after video. They came upon a story about the resqme® tool, a tool that allows you to escape from a sinking car by breaking a side window. “We noticed that a lot of people have supported and promoted the resqme products, like journalists and scientists. We thought we had to get them”.
Emilee, who was very close to Matt, decided to give away the tool to every driver at her high school: “it could save a life”, she said. But the funds were insufficient. So, a few months after buying her first resqme tool, she and Jamie decided to sell them and do the best they could with the income they got from their sales. “We decided to take the money that we made and put every penny into a Memorial Foundation”.
In honor of the young men, they then founded the non-profit Matthew Salenieks Memorial Foundation which supports high-school seniors who have financial needs in achieving their goal of becoming an engineer. It is a poignant way to keep the memory of Matt alive, since he was an engineer himself. “He was an amazing guy. We feel that we are honoring him the best as we can.”
So far, the Matthew Salenieks Memorial Foundation has given away its first $1500 scholarship and will give away the next one next year, thanks to some significant donations from friends and family members, and 125 resqme® tool sales. Jamie, Paul (Matt’s Dad) and Natasha (Matt’s sister) are Board Members of the Matthew Salenieks Memorial Foundation, and would like to increase the scholarship to $5000, reaching more schools in addition to Emilee’s high school, who will become a Board Member on her 18th birthday. When resqme, Inc. found out about their cause, they reached out to Jamie to support her, by providing the best price possible: “resqme has been very generous” she said. When asking “Why the resqme® tool?” Jamie answered: “The resqme® was the right product to try to raise awareness for people, especially here in Florida, since we have so many canals. Matt didn’t have a chance… We want to get the tool into everyone’s hands and cars so they can have a chance!”
If you want to support the Matthew Salenieks Memorial Foundation and help young people become tomorrow’s engineers, please email email@example.com.
Together, we can save more lives!
Summer is here, which means new adventures are ahead! And so we’d like to share our ultimate summer bucket list with you. Of course, summer marks the start of barbecuing season, camping, campfires, berry picking and wearing white slacks, but what about taking some fun road trips?
Plan your next road trip!
There are many road trip planner websites to help you find the perfect spot! Plan your trip using an online planner such as RoadTrippers.com. Depending on what you like, you might stop at an amusement park, for a hike, or end up at the beach. RoadTrippers.com even offers to show you “Weird stuff”, and who doesn’t like seeing cool, weird stuff?
With MyScenicDrives.com, find a beautiful scene according to the State you are currently in. It also automatically divides your trip into days and gives you the option of sharing what you’re doing with your loved ones.
If you want to take the perfect shot and become the next Instagram guru, we might direct you to TripMaker.com. From here, select the Picture Perfect check-box and add them to your trip. Et voila!
To stay or to go?
Okay, nice view and all, but by now you must be getting hungry. How about we take a road trip to eat something delicious? Roadfood.com is hands down the best guide to road trip food. Now a website, the guide was originally a book that came out in 1977 when the writers Jane and Michael Stern started documenting American regional food. It then turned into a magazine column in Gourmet, and several more books, and now is an online database of great meals that you can find along highways, in small towns and city neighborhoods. Let’s pick one (or a bunch?), and make it a summer goal to get there! 
If you have a good amount of vacation time, why not try taking the ultimate US road trip, that has been defined by an algorithm and represents the optimal, most beautiful route across the country? Consider giving it a try, since it includes 50 points of all American awesomeness. Check out the interactive map here.
How to prepare for the best Summer ever?
During the Summer, nobody wants to think twice…so let’s get it right the first time! This summer, AAA (the American Automobile Association) predicts that more than 7 million drivers will have to be rescued from the side of the road. And it’s not only because of the heat: “Summer driving is very taxing on a vehicle, and the heat can affect a number of your car’s systems. But a lot of Americans also are not taking the steps that they could for preventative maintenance on their vehicle,” says AAA’s Director of Public Affairs. In fact, dead batteries, flat tires and vehicle lockouts are the main reasons that people call AAA during the summer. More than 3 million drivers will experience significant vehicle issues this summer that require being towed to a repair facility. With low-profile tires or no spare tire, many cars are especially susceptible to roadside trouble. To learn more about tires, check out our blog post “7 Types of Tires Tread Wear and What They Say About Your Driving”.
“You can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly!”
This summer, be a prepared driver!
Get them here!
10% of all drownings occur in vehicles
400 North Americans will drown in their vehicles this year
3 minutes: the time that a vehicle floats on the water surface
1 minute: the time you have to exit safely
1 MINUTE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
DON’T PANIC! STAY CALM – DON’T TOUCH YOUR CELL PHONE! – FOCUS ON FINDING A WAY OUT
FOLLOW THESE 3 STEPS
1 SEATBELTS off or cut
2 WINDOWS open or break
3 CHILDREN: undo their restraints. Oldest to youngest
OUT: through the window. Children first. Then climb on the roof to: wait for help, or prepare to swim to shore.
THERE WERE 793 PREVENTABLE DEATHS BETWEEN 1990 – 2016
In an overwhelming majority of child vehicular heatstroke deaths, it was an otherwise loving, responsible parent that unknowingly left the child.
HEATSTROKE FACTS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
From 1990-2016, 186 children were killed by over-powered air bags in the front passenger seat. During that same time-frame more than 793 children died in hot vehicles. Children can be unknowingly left behind in the back seat by even the most responsible parents and caregivers. Always remember to open the back car door after parking your vehicle and ‘Look Before You Lock’.
NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A VEHICLE. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
“LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK”
Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies. Make “Look Before you Lock” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
Place your handbag or cell phone in the backseat so you always open the backdoor to take it with you. Also, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the car, place it up front with you as a reminder.
CHECK THE POOL
If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
LOCK YOUR CAR
Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
VEHICLE TEMPERATURE INCREASES RAPIDLY
When it is 70°F outside, it can be 125°F or more inside the car. The temperature may increase 20°F every 10 minutes!
resqme, Inc. is a proud partner of the non-profit organization KidsAndCars.org (KAC) dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles.
Every year an average of 37 children die from heatstroke inside of vehicles. Together we can help educate the public on the dangers of children and pets dying from situations just like these. Donate to their cause to help spread this education and make everyone aware of the dangers that exist. For more details visit KidsAndCars.org
*Check to see if a Good Samaritan Law exists in your state.