Ever wondered how to let the police know you’re in trouble without uttering a word? Or when you’re out and about and find yourself in an uncomfortable situation? We share safety and emergency tips to help give you peace of mind.
Calling emergency services quickly
Have an iPhone- press the lock screen button 5 times and then drag the SOS caller across to be put directly in touch with the emergency services.
Need emergency services but can’t talk?
Calling 999 without making a sound won’t send out a patrol but it isn’t always possible to let the operator know you’re there and need help. So what do you do? Simply dial 55. This signals to the operator that you’re there, in need of help but unable to say so. A police patrol will then be sent out to you.
Ask for Angela
Ask for Angela is an incredible initiative from the Met Police. They advise if you’re on date that isn’t working out, you do not feel like you’re in a safe situation, your online date not who they said they were or even if it all feels a bit weird then head to the bar and Ask for Angela. They will know you need help getting out of the situation and will help you do that without too much fuss.
Familiarise yourself with choking hazards
We know that grapes in particular circulate in the news as choking hazards for small children but are you family with the others? Hotdogs, raw apples and peanut butter are also among this list. Health Service Executive England have shared a high risk choking list for under 5s- in addition to highlighting the hazards, they also provide helpful tips to reduce the risk. Why not copy the table into a word document and print it out, hanging it on the fridge as a helpful guide.
When getting into a taxi
Regardless of whether you’re on your own or out with friends it’s always a good idea to take a picture of the license plate/ID (usually hanging off a seat or on the front dash for you to see) of your driver and sharing it with a family member or close friend. In these circumstances it’s always good for someone to know where you are. Additionally, if your driver sees you doing this, you’re less likely to be in danger.
Do you have any other suggestions for safety?