resqme, Inc. is proud to report that Jeanna Marie from Pennyslvania recently used her resqme tool that was gifted to her a few years ago to help save a trapped driver. Her account of the incident from her Facebook page:
Late this afternoon, I came upon a 4 car accident moments after it happened at a busy intersection in Shadyside. The driver (who allegedly caused the accident) apparently went into diabetic shock and was stuck in his vehicle that wrecked into a sign post and was smoking badly from the engine (scary sight after seeing images from the Paul Walker accident). He couldn’t get out of the truck and we couldn’t get into him. I grabbed my ResQMe from my car (that my mom gave me a few years ago) and was able to easily and quickly break the 2 side windows so we could pull him out and away from the burning vehicle. Pleeeeeeease consider getting one of these handy gadgets for you and all of your loved ones. They break glass and cut seat belts if you are ever stuck in your car. At only $10 they are totally worth it (would make a great stocking stuffer)! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000IDYKNC
We want to commend Jeanna Marie for her life-saving efforts and the bravery she displayed in responding to this vehicle emergency. We’re thrilled to see the effectiveness of our resqme tool in everyday situations. Please contact us if you ever have a similar story to share!
According to the World Health Organization’s recent 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, “worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year.” The report indicates that only 28 countries have comprehensive safety laws that cover key risk factors. The report is to serve as a “baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly.”
Part of resqme, Inc.’s mission statement is to provide the latest in safety information regarding road and highway safety. Below is an infographic by WHO detailing facts regarding road injuries.
A staggering 1.24 million road traffic deaths occur each year. To view additional infographics in English, as well as Spanish and French, please visit here. The infographics also detail key risk factors which include:
1. Drinking and driving,
3. Failing to use motorcycle helmets
4. Failing to use seat-belts
5. Failing to use child restraints.
According to a press release statement from earlier this year, the report also “highlights the importance of issues such as vehicle safety standards; road infrastructure inspections; policies on walking and cycling; and aspects of pre-hospital care systems. It also indicates if countries have a national strategy which sets measurable targets to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads.” The report also indicates groups who are most at risk for road safety deaths including: young people, pedestrians, and those living in the WHO Africa Region.
The life-saving awareness and critical information the report provides will hopefully affect change at levels of government who are in charge of road safety regulation and legislation. Millions of innocent lives can be saved with fundamental understanding of risks and how to prevent them.
resqme, Inc. is proud to work with United Hatzalah of Israel. This past August, resqme, Inc. made a donation of 2400 resqme tools to United Hatzalah of Israel, the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization in Israel. The goal of United Hatzalah is to reduce emergency response time and save as many lives as they can.
Recently, resqme, Inc. Founder and President, Laurent Colasse, after viewing a CNN segment on United Hatzalah, decided he could help by sending resqme tools to be used by volunteer first responders. Colasse, motivated by a need to help save lives, contacted United Hatzalah and offered the resqme tools. Colasse is dedicated to helping saves lives around the world and hopes the resqme tool can help United Hatzalah volunteers “when seconds count…” Response time is key in saving lives and the faster help arrives, the better the chances for those in need. resqme, Inc., as part of the Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel network is proud to support their mission: To save as many lives as possible.
United Hatzalah founder, Eli Beer, realizing that Israel did not have a conventional centralized first responder network hoped to incorporate the Hatzalah model already established in the United States by the Hasidic Jewish community in New York. Hatzalah means “rescue” or “relief” in Hebrew. Founded in 2006, United Hatzalah is now comprised of over 2000 volunteers who are either EMTs, paramedics, or doctors who are able to respond in under three minutes to any medical emergency in their immediate area. Today, United Hatzalah helps to break down barriers within Israeli society as Jewish and non-Jewish, male and female, religious and secular, work together to save as many lives as they can.
United Hatzalah of Israel, using “a proprietary GPS based deployment technology identifies the most qualified and closest volunteer to an emergency, maximizing efficient allocation of resources and minimizing response times. Fully equipped ambucycles travel nimbly through traffic, narrow alleys and obstructed roadways to bring all the necessary medical equipment an ambulance carries to the scene of an emergency.” Last year alone, United Hatzalah “treated 207,000 people–more than 42,000 of them in life-threatening conditions,” says Beer. “We got there in under three minutes and made a huge difference.”
Laurent Colasse and resqme, Inc. hope the resqme tools will aid United Hatzalah as part of their lifesaving efforts. Making a difference can start with just one person volunteering to help. To learn more about United Hatzalah, please visit here.
To view the blog in Spanish or French, please visit:
BLOG SPAIN: http://resqme.com/ES/blog/?p=29
BLOG FRENCH: http://www.resqme.com/FR/blog/?p=68
By Andre Smith
Drive safely regardless of the vehicle’s age or your driving skills. Accidents happen within seconds, so gain the experience you need to drive anywhere. Research tips that will help you reach a destination safely with minimal damage to you or your car.
1. Join an Auto Club
Consider joining a car club that provides a variety of benefits for drivers. Roadside assistance is one of the most important services available. Call a mechanic who comes to your aid quickly whenever you have car problems. This type of service is available at all hours of the day. Wherever you get stranded, know that your safety is assured.
2. Maintain Your Car Regularly
Every year, check up your car at a repair shop. This step is especially important if you plan to venture on a long-distance trip. Prepare for a week before the trip in case you have to pay for repairs. Tell the mechanic to review the tires, fluids and engine. Learn basic tips like how to replace a flat tire and turn the steering wheel to avoid a skid. Keep your car well-maintained throughout the year.
3. Consider an Energy-Efficient Car
As you drive safely, make sure that you promote the safety of the environment as well. Cars release gas fumes that contain all kinds of hazardous substances. Energy-efficient cars are designed to reduce these emissions and prevent air pollution. Also, invest in these cars to save hundreds of dollars on monthly gas costs.
There are many lists of popular vehicles that are affordable and easy to operate. The Toyota Prius is not the only car that is worth a discussion. For a good overview of eco-friendly vehicles, review this post by Klosters.
4. Include Emergency Tools
Include plenty of emergency tools in your car. Have a good first aid kit nearby along with flashlights and basic repair tools. Keep a spare tire, and know how to fix one within minutes. If you are stranded on the road, you should not have to flag down strangers. Always bring a cell phone and charger with you.
5. Do Not Drive Distracted
It is evident that people cannot drive drunk without causing problems. Find ways that you can reduce distractions while driving. Whether you text or eat fast food, be more cautious, drive slower or pull over. The best tip is to drive and avoid doing anything else. Also, do not drive when you are tired or emotionally charged. Review the surrounding areas where you drive. Cruising on the highway is more dangerous than cruising on a rural road and here is a great post on how to drive on highways for beginners. If you see many streams of cars flying past you, it is definitely not suitable to drive while talking on the phone.
Driving on the road comes with a wide range of dangers. Defective brakes, slick roads and irresponsible drivers are common hazards that you should know about. Even if accidents are caused by other people, do whatever you can to protect yourself. Prevent accidents from happening to you, passengers and drivers in other vehicles.
About the Author:
Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.
It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and parents across the nation struggle with how to address tough topics with their teens, but one of the most important topics to talk about is frequently forgotten — how to drive safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killers of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45%) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.
Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had that “serious” talk with their teens about the key components of safe driving.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that teens are only children, and they still have a lot to learn. What parents teach them about driving safely and responsibly may just help save their life.
That’s why local and state highway safety and law enforcement organizations teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch a new National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign called “5 to Drive.”
This parent education campaign is designed to challenge and encourage parents to talk it out with their teens and to regularly “set the rules before they hit the road.”
Each day during teen safety week, NHTSA features tips for parents to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel. Set the rules before they hit the road:
1. No Cell Phones While Driving.
Teens texting or dialing while driving have proven to be recipes for disaster. In 2011, 270 people were killed in crashes involving distracted teen drivers. REMEMBER, One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
2. No Extra Passengers.
Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in the car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior when traveling with multiple passengers increased to three times. REMEMBER, No extra passengers in the car.
3. No Speeding.
4. No Alcohol.
Although all States have zero tolerance laws for drinking and driving under 21, 505 people died in crashes in which 14- to 18-year-old drivers had alcohol in their systems. Nationally in 2011, 27 percent of teen drivers killed had some level of alcohol in their systems. Parents should show zero tolerance for any sign of impaired driving. Teens need to hear this again and again: REMEMBER, No Drinking and Driving.
5. No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt.
Teenage belt use is not what it should be. In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died were unrestrained. Teens, and all adults for that matter, need to buckle up every trip, every time, day and night, no matter the distance. REMEMBER, Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time – Front-Seat and Back.
If you are a parent, you’ve tried to protect your kids their entire lives. So don’t hand them the keys to a 2-ton machine and expect them to know what to do.
Please talk to your kids—this week and every week—about how to be smart and safe behind the wheel.
Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Always Set the Rules Before Your Teens Hit the Road. For more information about national Teen Driver Safety Week and the new “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm.
Article via: Traffic Safety Marketing
Last weekend resqme, Inc. President and Founder, Laurent Colasse, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to take part in an interview with WISH TV Channel 8 and Troy Kehoe. He later participated in a live demonstration alongside the Indiana State Police Underwater Search and Rescue team, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, an Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba and an expert on submerged vehicles.
As per Fox 59, they “helped teach dozens Saturday how to escape if their car ever was submerged in water” and “the proper steps for escaping a car that has crashed into water. Groups gathered for a classroom seminar that included an actual car submerged into a retention pond during the demonstration.” The event was in conjunction with the World Aquatic Health Conference in Indianapolis that went on from October 16-18, 2013.
Other guests and participants included law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, advocate Mary Kay Kidwell and Detective Bob May.
Watch the WISH TV segment and interview with Laurent here.
Also check out this video with reporter Chris Proffitt and his RTV6 Team who were invited by Indiana State Police troopers to learn what you should do if your car hits the water and how to get yourself and your passengers out safely.
Special thanks to Mary Kay Kidwell for photos and captions.
Learn more about car entrapment and our innovative resqme tool at: www.resqme.com
-The resqme team