FW: Safety tips to consider in the current events in Egypt

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* Originally sent to me by email via someone called Ahmed Said:

Dears  –

We have received these safety tips from another Egyptian Company and we felt they were worth sharing with our employees.

In light of our country’s current safety concerns, we would like to bring to your attention the following tips:

Driving tips

· Avoid driving at night through areas you are unfamiliar with.

· Avoid driving on major roads and highways at night, like Mehwar and Ring Road.

· Avoid taking routes that have little or no traffic. Use busy and crowded ones instead.

· Do not fall for gangs’ traps and refrain from stopping for anyone on the side of the road. Traps involve placing a car seat by the side of the road with a fake baby in it, or throwing eggs on car windshields. In case the latter happens to you, do not operate the wiper or spray water, because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision.

· If a driver tailgates your car, flashes high beams at you, or makes angry gestures, do not stop to discuss the matter.

· If, for any reason, you have to stop your car on the side of the road, keep the engine running and make sure that your car central-lock is on. Be alert of surroundings and make sure it’s safe before stepping out of the car.

· Avoid stopping your car in deserted or unfamiliar areas.

· Try to keep a self-defense device hidden somewhere in your car, [e.g. under the driver’s seat for easy access in case of emergency].

· Use your car central-lock at all times and make sure to wear your seatbelt.

· Make sure your car windows are rolled up at all times especially during slow traffic.

· Assign a speed dial, [key shortcut] and have it ready in case of emergency.

· Keep your family informed of your exact location.

· Try to be home before 10 pm, but definitely before the curfew.

General tips

· When answering your door bell at home, look through a peephole and make sure you identify the person on the other side.

· Stay updated on announcements by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

· Respect announced curfew from 12:00 am to 06:00 am.

· Avoid public gatherings.

· You should carry some form of photographic ID at all times.

Tips for female colleagues

· Avoid driving on the outskirts of the city and on highways by yourself.

· Avoid taking cabs by yourself at night.

· Avoid wearing visible jewelry or items of value, as thieves carry out "snatch and run" crimes on city streets. Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers, keep your bag closed at all times, on the shoulder or gripped in the hands, and don’t carry anything you can’t bear to lose.

· Some thugs are said to carry dangerous sprays and may pose as beggars; do not roll down your car windows to avoid being attacked inside your car.

· If you must stay in your car waiting for a friend or family member, please lock the car and don’t roll down your windows for any stranger.

Please share these tips with your family and friends.
Stay safe.

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