One of my friend had all her luggage packed and was ready and waiting for her flight the next morning. We sat together and made a checklist to go through of all the thing’s she’d need.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
In its drive to increase customer awareness about the financial benefits and protection provided by our different life and general insurance products, Sacos brought its roadshow to Providence industrial area on Wednesday 14th August. The Sacos sales team and agents engaged with both individuals, at the Sacos kiosk which was located outside the Sunny Taste restaurant and to the business community of Providence through their door to door visit.
Going away from home for your vacation? Whether going on a short break or a long visit overseas, you should ensure that your home is in good condition while you are away. Here are some useful tips to consider before you leave to keep your home safe:
Check for fire hazards
People can sometimes be absent-minded when in a holiday mode, but always double check your house before you leave. A 10- minute thorough check can make all the difference in preventing fire incidences. Faulty electrical appliances are common causes of fire in the house.
- Unplug unessential electrical appliances from the socket, especially TVs, laptops, microwaves, iron, washing machines, kettles, lamps, phone chargers and other devices which do not require electricity.
- Turn off your LPG cylinder.
- Although not necessarily a fire hazard, but a financial one – check that you have switched off all lights before leaving.
Flood-proof the house
Coming back from a great holiday to a flooded home is a costly nightmare you want to avoid. Water damage can affect your walls, furniture and can leave a lingering damp smell in the house.
- Turn off the water outlet connecting to your washing machine.
- Inspect your water pipes and water tank before leaving.
- If you are certain there might be heavy rainfall, sandbag doorways and entrances.
- Clear the drainage close to your home.
- Double check that you have turned off all taps.
Keep your house safe from burglary
Unfortunately, once you leave your home for a period of time, your house can become a target for burglary. There are simple things you can do to keep your house safe, as well as long term ones.
- Install a security system in your home, along with burglars bars.
- Ask a close family or friend to house sit for you.
- Inform a trusted neighbour of your absence and kindly ask if they can keep an eye out for you.
- Lock all your doors and ensure all windows are closed.
- Fix any loose locks or windows before leaving.
Your house is your most important asset. While you fly off for a well-deserved break, make sure your home insurance is up-to-date. If you don’t have one, call us on 429 5000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you’re traveling to Africa this holiday season, here is what you should know:
- The most amazing wildlife
Going on a safari is one of the great must-dos if you are traveling to countries such as Tanzania and Kenya. Who needs zoos when you can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Be sure to follow the advice of locally certified guides when visiting national parks. Most importantly, be extremely cautious and respectful of wildlife. Take pictures from a safe distance.
- Beautiful landscapes
Some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes can be found in Africa, especially in countries like Madagascar and Zambia. There is no doubt that nature’s stunning creations will leave you jaw-dropped. Research areas carefully before visiting and make sure you wear comfortable and appropriate footwear for your visit. Be sure to travel in groups and use licensed operators for sightseeing.
- Great shopping experience
Most people from Seychelles travel to countries like South Africa or Mauritius for a broader shopping experience than what is available locally. Aside from the various malls, there are other natural local shopping areas that will provide you with a taste of the local culture. Nonetheless, always be mindful of your belongings in crowded areas and avoid going to remote areas you are not familiar with.
- Illness, injury or any other medical assistance
Many Most countries do not provide free health care service to visitors. If you fall sick or are injured in an accident whilst overseas, you will have to bear the full cost of the medical expense. While health care is free in Seychelles, it does not extend to bills you incur while you are traveling. In some cases, hospitals may refuse to treat you if you do not have insurance, even when you have suffered significant injuries. This is extremely risky and can lead to fatal outcomes if you do not receive urgent medical assistance because you are uninsured.
Travel Insurance – Africa plan
Your Travel Insurance – Africa plan provides you with coverage for your medical expense and hospitalisation abroad (in an African country) from EUR10,000 to EUR50,000. If you are hospitalised for more than five days, we will cover the travel expense for one immediate family member to be by your side during your hospital stay.
In the event of the death of a close family member, we will cover the cost of your emergency return home. Should you unfortunately come to your passing whilst on your overseas trip, we will cover the expense of repatriating your mortal remains home. This will spare your family from the financial burden of bringing your body back to Seychelles. In addition, we provide you with coverage if your luggage or passport is lost or stolen and offer 24 hour personal assistance service.
Traveling to African countries is no more risky than traveling to anywhere else in the world. It is your individual responsibility to ensure you remain safe and you observe local norms and safety tips. However, accidents and mishaps can happen anywhere at any time, including in Africa – which is why Sacos is here for you when it does happen.
Contact us for more information on the Travel Insurance – Africa plan at email@example.com or on 429 5000, or you can visit us at any one of our branches.