By Jel Santos
Over 1, 000 people have been assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the observance of “Undas” from October 27 to 12 noon of November 1.
Two people have been rushed to hospitals by ambulances as they fainted and suffered from labor pain, PRC said.
Twenty people, on the other hand, were catered to after they experienced dizziness because of the heat of the sun and crowded cemeteries.
PRC had put up 168 first aid stations and welfare desks in cemeteries, major highways, beaches, ports, and bus terminals all over the country.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian organization dispatched 156 ambulances, and nearly 2, 000 staff and volunteers to ensure the safety of the public.
PRC is urging the public to practice the following safety reminders:
- Use the seatbelt.
- Wear a helmet on a motorcycle.
- Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the conditions.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Do not use a mobile phone while driving.
- Know and respect the highway code.
- Maintain vehicle in good condition.
- Be visible as a pedestrian or a cyclist.
- Know how to react in case of a crash.
- Wear loose cotton shirts.
- Avoid bringing small children in a cemetery, if necessary, put a small piece of paper with their name and contact details in case they might get lost.
- If under medication, don’t forget to bring your medicines.
- Avoid bringing easily spoil food.
- Don’t forget to bring drinking water, fans, face towels and umbrellas to avoid dehydration.
- Remember to check your “B.L.O.W. B.A.G.E.T.S.” (Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Batteries, Air, Gas, Engine, Tires, Self).
In case of emergency, PRC said the public can contact its 24/7 Operations Center by dialing 143 or 8790-23-00.