A German in New York
We are thrilled to introduce Patricia, our international sales manager. Originally from Germany, she moved to New York ten years ago. “I got a scholarship for track and field. The university recruited me for running.” Because spots are in her DNA: “I started running when I was 18.” She was a semi-professional in Germany there and this tells a lot about her personality. She’s very energetic, and a funny person. Which is valuable when you work in sales because a good energy is key to a good communication and building trust: “I have developed great relationships with some of our customers.” Yes. you’ll often hear her talking about soccer games with some of them.
Within the past two years, Patricia has opened many doors. “I moved from NYC to Santa Barbara two years ago to work at resqme. Inc. My work is about maintaining our current business relationships with our existing customers and creating new business opportunities.” To do so, she’s often at tradeshows and makes cold calls on an everyday basis. Moving here also brought a new hobby to her life. She started training for Triathlons, which involves swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. “Mens sana in corpore sano” – “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, is her motto. “Triathlon helped me developed my skills and my awareness. It is tough. You have to deal with obstacles” she says. This meaningful relationship with sports brought more than a routine to her life. “During a race, you do not stop because it hurts. You keep going.” Just like you would do in life! She says that being able to set up goals, focus on them and get there has “so much in common with my job too.”
A product you can trust
What is it like to work for resqme, Inc.? Celebrating two years in the company, Patricia has become an ambassador for the product she believes in. Our car escape tool, the resqme, is carried by more than 4 million drivers worldwide: “the resqme car escape tool saves lives, we save lives with this product, it’s a gracious and amazing circle. The trust that people put into us is so rewarding. I feel that we have a life deal with everyone we sell the tool to.”
At resqme, we are building a community of people who care for each other.
At resqme, Inc., we like to say that we are more than just a company. It is also true with the people who buy our tools, who are more than just customers. We are all building a community of people who care for each other. This enthusiasm for our line of safety products also brings some challenges: “Because the product is so great, we are getting more and more interest and every customer is a priority in its own way.” As she focuses on the Business 2 Business relationships, Patricia also sees an increase of requests from promotional agencies or through bids. “With an imprint on it, the resqme is the right tool to promote safety values! We had orders from the NASA or UNICEF, it is so rewarding to see these big companies or agencies putting their logo on our tools!”
A worldwide future
What’s next for Pat? The opening of resqme Europe, located in France is something she’s looking forward to: “I’m very excited for the opening of our European sister company because it will make it so much easier for our European customers to get our tools!” She’s also looking forward to get there to meet our German partners. “Europe is very central, on a spatial and political scale. We have our part to play to increase everyone’s everyday safety there!” On a personal side, she is training for the Ironman Italy, trying to qualify for the World championship in Kona: “It takes most of my time!” When we look at the 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit, we understand why!
+ Patricia was recently interviewed on a local Santa Barbara TV channel. Watch her demonstrate our tool and go more in details about the mental relationship between sport and life in this video.
Aaron Simon, the Donor communications officer at United Hatzalah recently sent us a rescue story. This non-profit medical service organization is doing an amazing work at providing the fastest medical first response in Israel.
Last week, we received a touching rescue story from Eli Beer, the President of United Hatzalah. This non-profit medical service organization is doing an fantastic job at providing the fastest medical first response in Israel.
“Recently, a grandmother accidently locked her baby grandson in the car, with the keys still inside. The little boy was screaming and crying, and his grandmother was frantic with worry. Your partner in lifesaving Yishai Solomon of Jerusalem immediately responded to the call. Police on scene were awaiting firefighters to arrive and extract the child. Having responded to many similar situations, Yishai grabbed his United Hatzalah resqme tool, designed especially to break car windows. Shattering the window opposite the child, the resourceful medic managed to safely break in to the vehicle and open the door. He extricated the baby, checked him over and handed him to the anxious grandmother. Thanks to Yishai’s quick response, the baby was safe and out of harm’s way!”
Resqme is proud to work with United Hatzalah (their name means ‘united rescue’). Seeing a natural alliance between the goal of the organization and the resqme, Inc’s mission, it was clear to the president of resqme, Inc, Laurent Colasse, that resqme, Inc. needed to contribute to their efforts. Accordingly, he first sent 2400 resqme tools to United Hatzalah to equip their volunteers, back in 2013. He later offered 1500 more units during their big fundraising event taking place in New York.
“Every single volunteer in Israel has one with them at all times and it has been used on many occasions to rescue people.” Eli Beer
Since time is key when it comes to saving lives, the resqme tool is the perfect tool for the job! Seven lives were saved with the use of the resqme tool! Eli Beer says: “We have already saved many people using your tool. Thank you so much for this, it is really wonderful. Every single volunteer in Israel has one with them at all times and it has been used on many occasions to rescue people. Thank you for partnering with United Hatzalah to save lives in Israel!”
About United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 3,500 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of their unique GPS technology and their iconic ambucycles, their average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Their mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.
More info about United Hatzalah here: https://israelrescue.org/
Resqme, Inc. was one of the many businesses and affected by the Thomas Fire in Southern California during the month of December 2017. Several of our employees had to evacuate and were in the danger of losing their homes. During this fire we learned how important it is to be prepared for emergencies that may occur in our county, and we want to share this wisdom with our customers. When a fire like this one hits, time is of the essence. Here is a to-do list to help you be ready to evacuate if you need to.
Things to do ahead
- Sign up for a local alert system: receiving timely and updated information about weather conditions, fire directions and evacuations are essential during a wildfire. To find out what alerts are available in your area, you can do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts”; you can go to the website for your local emergency management or public safety office; or you can contact these offices by telephone.
- Remember to always act as the fire would come your way. Being ready is a great way to ensure your safety.
- Make a list of what to pack. It’s better to write it down ahead of time to avoid forgetting anything important.
- Assemble an emergency kit before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Plan to be evacuated for at least three days. This kit should include:
– P95 or N95 masks to avoid breathing inhaling hazardous particles
– Important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
– Three-day supply of food and water and change of clothing
– An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
– Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
– Prescriptions or special medications, extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
– First aid kit
– Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
– Sanitation supplies
– If you own pets, get food and water.
- Open your garage doors and gates. Fill the car gas tanks and park the vehicles nose-out.
- Receiving updated information is critical. A battery-powered radio tuned to local stations will help you stay updated in case of a power outage. You can purchase NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
- Know your escape routes. Have a backup plan in case roads are closed. Also, have a safe destination planned, such as a friend’s house or an evacuation center. A Family Communication plan will allow all family members to have access to the same information if separated during an evacuation.
- Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family on how to use them. Ensure that your family knows where to locate the shut-down controls for your gas, electric, and water.
=> You can download an official home-evacuation checklist here.
If you have few hours to evacuate
- Assemble supplies. Grab your emergency kit and add last-minute items: passports, phones, chargers, laptops, easily carried valuables. Also, grab what you would miss! Everything that has a special place in your heart: pictures, paintings, a special piece of clothing or a plush… We all have different stories and memories that speak to us. Put everything in the trunk.
- Wear long pants and long sleeves shirt to protect you against the heat and the ash. Provide every member of the family with a flashlight and a respirator mask.
- Share your location with your family and friends. You can use the Google Maps feature that allows you to share your current location for few days or more.
- Turn off your gas when leaving.
- Snap pictures of every room in your house and your yard: you might have to use them for insurance purposes.
- If you have enough time, give your home the best chance of surviving a wildfire. To do so, you can irrigate your roof and property if you have a pool and a pump. Remove dead leaves and clear the gutters. Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.). You can also leave buckets of water around your property for the animals.
- You don’t really need to unlock your doors and windows. If the firefighters need to enter, they will find their way in, whether the house is locked or not (that’s a tip given by a firefighter!).
- Check on your neighbors.
How to stay updated
You can monitor the fires and the air quality on this interactive map.
Google also has a crisis map that shows you the active wildfires and the voluntary and mandatory evacuation zones. Google’s dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas.
Another great source of the latest info would also be your County/City Twitter account.
Download the the Wildfire is Coming, Are You Ready to Go! brochure from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Thomas Fire and other wildfires.
We also want to thank all of the firefighters for their brave and hard work to fight the fires and keep everyone safe.
This article was written using content and advice from the Santa Barbara Independent Magazine, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website and personal experience of the author.
Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Do you know what you would do if someone grabbed you or if your safety was in danger? A lot of people think about these questions on a daily basis, especially women, but don’t have a lot of answers to.
Even though the world can be a scary place at times, you can’t live your life in fear. Situational awareness promotes ways to identify, process and comprehend the world around you and help you determine the best way to react to emergency situations. The following is a self-defense guide to situational awareness:
Situational awareness relies on your observations. When you’re walking down the street, you should keep your head up (not buried in your phone) so you can see who and what are around you. Notice buildings, doorways, side streets, people walking by, what people are doing and everything else around you. A great way to practice being observant is to people watch. Take some time to sit on a bench and watch people as they walk by. Notice what they’re doing, who they’re with and what their behavior is like. You also should use all five sense, not just your eyes. Listen to what people are saying and the sounds around you. Pay attention to odd smells or if something doesn’t feel right.
Trust Your Feelings
Sometimes your brain can get in the way of situational awareness. You may be trying to absorb too many details or you may have something else on your mind that distracts you from the situation at hand. However, you often can feel when something is wrong before your brain has the chance to process the information. Pay attention to these feelings. If you feel afraid or nervous, stop what you’re doing to think about why you’re experiencing those feelings. Turn your attention to what’s around you and get yourself to a safe place.
Have the Right Tools
Being aware of your surrounding is a huge first step to protecting yourself; however, you need to have the right tools to take the next steps. If you’re in a dangerous situation, one of the most effective ways to defend yourself is to change your location and put as much distance between you and the danger. Make sure you have a charged cellphone and an unlimited data plan so you can call 9-1-1 or have someone pick you up if you’re in trouble. If you’re nervous walking home by yourself, have a cellphone buddy that you can call to talk to until you reach your destination. You also should invest in protection equipment, such as pepper spray or a personal safety alarm. Our new defendme® personal safety alarm comes with a piercing 120 dB siren that can be heard up to 300 feet, which is the size of a football field. If you’re confronted by a stranger, you can use the alarm to alert others around you that you’re in danger and need help.
Know How to React
Situational awareness helps you know how to react in an emergency situation. For example, if you need to run away from a stranger, you would be aware of side streets, open stores or restaurants and other possible escape routes. You also can call for help immediately or change your location before anything happens. Situational awareness could even help you recognize an attacker’s weakness or ways to identify them later on. The more you notice, the more opportunities you have to react quickly and efficiently.
And even if it might look a little bit intimidating, getting into a martial art is a great idea. Learning self-defense is more than a simple exercise. Some martial arts styles are quite physically demanding and “hands on” than others, which means you’ll be training and sparring with an opponent right from the start. You can find some help to pick the best martial arts for you here. And as a high heels wearer, you might even be able to use your stilettos as self-defense tools!
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This April, 2017, Enrick Duval celebrated his 15th anniversary at resqme, Inc. Originally from Paris, Enrick moved to California in 2000 after he received a Master’s Degree in business. Since his arrival at resqme, Inc. Enrick has been part of the company’s many changes and important milestones which means he knows a lot about safety and our company’s main product, the resqme® car escape tool. We talked with Enrick to find out what’s behind the compact safety tool that has sold over 4 million items worldwide.
What’s your role in the company?
During my first 10 years at resqme, Inc., I was the Sales and Marketing Manager. 4 ½ years ago, the company went through a major shift in its business model and I was appointed as the Director of Operations. Among my tasks, I am in charge of the coordination of the inventory, production and distribution processes while ensuring the smooth day-to-day business operations. I also keep learning! For 2 years, I went through intensive training with the APICS organization and follow the CPIM program and more recently, I have started my Six Sigma training.
So you were there at the beginning!
Pretty much! Back in 2000, I was working as the Business Service Manager at the French American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles (FACCLA) and at the time, the President of resqme, Inc., Laurent Colasse, was one of the members. In 2001, Laurent Colasse was looking for someone to help develop and grow the sales department. So we met in Santa Barbara and had a lunch at his favorite pizza place! Laurent explained his project but at the time, I had other opportunities in Paris and in Dublin. But things didn’t work out as planned. During that time, I was still in contact with Laurent and when he offered me again the position, I didn’t let the opportunity pass. On April 2002, I moved to Santa Barbara and joined the team. It was meant to be!
Starting from scratch must be an incredible experience. Were you involved in the choice of the company’s name change, the logo, all of that?
Definitely and what a great experience that was! It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago the company was still called with its original name, Innovation Distributing Inc. Back then, we were doing business as NOV8., which stands for “innovate” and we had two main divisions: NOV8 Safety and NOV8 Promo.
Tell me more about the evolution of the company branding.
As the company grew, it was important for us to see how our brand could grow as well in the USA but also worldwide while reflecting our mission statement. The answer was right in front of our eyes and we decided to name the company after our best seller tool, the resqme®.
We worked on creating new designs for the logo. Even the spelling changed! We decided to put everything in lower case with a 3 branches cross. If you pay attention, the “me” is “safe” inside the cross. It was a major and a critical step in our development in getting a global brand. I think that if we would have kept our original company name, our business would have been totally different.
How would it be different?
Promoting a line of products with a company name easily identified and a powerful logo is key. Changing the company name to resqme, Inc. was a good move. Moreover, “resqme” tells a story that people can connect with. Most of our products includes the “me” that leads to consistency and create a sense of adhesion.
What do you like the most at resqme, Inc.?
It’s mainly about the fact that we are not only here to sell something. We have a mission and every day, we are doing our part to make life safer. Since the beginning, I personally feel a strong connection to the products and especially with the resqme® car escape tool and I am convinced that one day people will have the resqme attitude!
The resqme attitude?
Absolutely! Having a good attitude toward safety is key to be ready for the unexpected, don’t just wish for the best! I also think that it is important to increase awareness around you, especially towards your loved ones and friends.
Tell us more about the resqme car escape tool, since this is where it all started.
The resqme is a compact powerful car escape tool with the specific purpose of helping save lives. For me, it is not a gadget! So our goal is to offer a high quality tool with a main purpose. I don’t believe in all those 5-in-1 safety tools that will distract you from the main reason why everybody should have a safety tool like resqme.
I have noticed that a lot of fake copies come with whistles, flashlights or other functions that the resqme doesn’t have.
Yes, that’s correct and actually that’s a choice we made! Companies often like to offer more and more features to a product, so the consumers feel like having it is a good deal. It might be true for some products, but when it comes to safety, I personally think that you need to get the best possible tool that will do the “job” when you need it the most. My two main mottos are, “less is more” and “don’t gamble with your life”. We want to make a real change in the community and keep growing as a professional and reliable safety company.
What would be challenging then?
I would definitely say that it is to keep the integrity of the product, and making sure that nothing can interfere with its quality. It could be from the manufacturing process, the supply chain and all the way to when the people have the product on hand. Our end users MUST have the best experience possible with our products.
Being in the operations, you have to literally think about everything that happens before and after the sale: from the choice of the plastic, to the quality of the blade, the steel, everything. Thanks to my 10-year background in sales, I have a good idea what the sales department is trying to accomplish daily and what ultimately our clients are looking for. This does help a lot. There is no room for approximations, which fits my personality since I have a strict methodology. Voice of the customer is key, so we try to meet their needs as much as possible. We have been selling over half million units per year for the past 8 years: that’s over 4 million people with the resqme on hands. It is rewarding to know that these people are safer with our tool.
Can you think of anything you would do differently?
The team at resqme, Inc., is always coming with new concepts, new ideas and inevitably we end up with too many projects. I wish we had more time to do more for the community.
What makes working at resqme different than working somewhere else?
The company, resqme, Inc. is a very small entity, operating with 15 team members. Working here allows me and everyone else to express their visions and ideas. The resqme attitude, starts right here with all the people working at resqme, Inc. Also, working in Santa Barbara is a blessing! I love it here. As a French American person, I can see that Californians people are very open to other cultures, including food! I am a foodie and love to cook! Here I can find pretty much find everything that I like! Finally, being surrounded by beaches, the Sierra Nevada and beautiful National Parks, I really enjoy traveling with my family and taking photographs of the landscape.
Where do you see yourself in the next years?
I definitely see myself with resqme, Inc. and who knows, for another 15 years! We have some many projects. Like the launch of a new company in France called, resqme Europe, SAS. We are also diversifying and our new project is to soon launch in conjunction with our safety app called “SOS resqme”. This is new and we are all up for the challenge.
Even if you drive one of the safest cars on the market and you always make sure your kids are correctly restrained in their car seats, there are dangers every parent and relative needs to consider. Terrible and preventable car related accidents and heat stroke cases kill a large number of children in the USA every year.
A car doesn’t have to be moving to be dangerous.
People don’t realize that a car in a driveway can be potentially deadly. Children are not aware of the danger of playing behind parked cars, and their size can make them impossible to be seen from your car’s blind spots, this can lead to a child being run over. Did you know that blind spots are a deadly flaw for most SUVs? There are also other potential dangers for children in and around a car: power windows, trunk entrapment, drowings, falls from motor vehicles, seatbelt strangulations, carbon monoxide poisoning, underage drivers… Remember to always keep an eye on your kids when there is a vehicle is present, and invest in the proper safety tools to help in case of an emergency!
Frontovers and backovers represent the two main causes of non-traffic fatalities for children age 15 and under. It happens when the driver is moving and doesn’t see the kids standing in the blind spots in the front and in the back of the car. Be aware that the “blind zone” and “blind spots” got their name for obvious reasons: they’re the area behind, on the side and in front of a vehicle that the driver cannot see from the driver’s seat – and will not see if there is a child in those zones. “Two children every week are dying because they can’t be seen behind these larger vehicles that we’re driving” said Janette Fennell, the president and founder of the education and advocacy organization KidsAndCars.org.
To prevent these fatal accidents, it is important to teach children not to play in or around cars. The driver should also walk around the vehicle before entering and roll down the windows so you can hear if there are children present. Blind-spot mirrors are also a great investment to increase safety.
Heat stroke represent 16% of all of non-traffic deaths. Each year, an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Science show that everyone is capable of unknowingly leaving a sleeping baby in a car; this can lead to injury or even death. Stress or distractions are the main reasons people forget their children inside the vehicle. When children are locked inside a car, temperatures quickly rise, and they can get heat stroke. Learn more about the science behind the phenomenon of children forgotten in cars here.
If you see a child or pet left in a hot car it is important that you call 911. If you believe that the child is in immediate danger you should try to break a window to save the child. This can be done with a car escape tool like the resqme. Learn what to do here.
This article is mainly based on the research by Kidsandcars.org. Prevention and awareness are key, so we proudly partnered with Kidsandcars.org and are working hard to create awareness, and stop these preventable deaths from happening. Support the cause and get your KidsAndCars resqme tool here.
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Believe it or not, summer is winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about going back to school! To make the transition as easy as possible, we’ve got you covered with a fresh to-do list. We’ve covered it all and are here to help you get ready for a new year of student life.
- Get a fresh haircut. “New start, new you” they say. Why not try something different? You always wanted to rock bangs or a bob haircut but you were never brave enough? There’s no time like the present! Set up an appointment with your favorite hairdresser. And if you end up not liking it, which we highly doubt, it will always grow back!
- Pack wisely. Think twice when packing. Space can be limited when moving from home to attend school. Remember, free time will be at an all-time low so don’t fill it with all those books you have but never got a chance to read. Same for your clothes, only pack what you wear the most and feel confident in. eBay, consignment stores, or better, donate the stuff you don’t wear anymore.
- Invest in things you’ll use again and again. A new laptop, a sturdy back pack, cozy jacket, a top quality set of headphones and an extra phone charger!
- Create a space you love. Everything from wall decals to pillows, picture frames and scented candles, can help make your dorm feel like home.
- Edit your resume. Before getting into a school routine, update your resume. So that the moment when you encounter the perfect side-job to finance your weekends you’ll be ready for hire.
- Pick up a new planner. You might get one for free but it won’t reflect your true self as much as a furry mermaid cover one would. Get some new school supplies, too.
- Try a new activity. Always wanted to try indoor climbing? Check out the Student Activities and Campus Life for clubs and student groups. Experiencing activities outside the classroom is a great way to socialize!
- Stay safe. College can be an incredible and rewarding experience. But as busy as you will be with adjusting to independence, new classes and new friends, don’t forget to stay safe and to maintain awareness. Sadly, at campuses big and small, rural and urban, safety is an issue. During 2015, more than 36 thousand criminal offenses were reported. Always have somebody to walk with after dark. Stay safe off campus as well: ask a friend to walk you home, keep your door locked, and keep a safety device with you. Our defendme personal safety alarm comes with a powerful siren that immediately draws attention to you when needed and it’s ideal for campus students. Pepper spray is also a good option. Get our combo deal here!
- Finally, trust and be yourself. Be confident: it’s time to blossom into your best self and enjoy a great time in your life!
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!
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.
- 55% Unknowingly left
- 28% Got in on their own
- 13% Knowingly left
- 4% Unknown
HEATSTROKE FACTS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Heatstroke is clinically defined as when a person’s temperature exceeds 104 °F and their abilty to regulate their body temperature is compromised.
- When a core body temperature of 107°F or greater is reached, cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down. These events can rapidly lead to death.
- A child’s body temperature rises at a rate three to five times faster than an adult’s.
- Dizziness, disorientation, agitation, Symptoms confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat and hallucinations.
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’.
- CALL 911 if you see a child unattended in a car
- Use the resqme tool to apply pressure in the bottom corner of the window where the glass is the weakest. If you see a life in danger, check for an unlocked door. If none, BREAK THE WINDOW FURTHEST AWAY FROM THE CHILD (protect your hands and eyes).
- REMOVE THE CHILD FROM THE CAR
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!
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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
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