Thursday, September 29, 2011

Keeping Kids Safe Around Cars

With three children in the last week being run over and killed by the family car – we thought it was a pertinent time for us to put together some easy but essential things to do to ensure that no more beautiful children are killed and families left devastated.
Our hearts go out to the grieving families.
1.       Make car safety the most important element of driving. When kids are in the car, supervise them entering and exiting the car
2.       Make sure an adult ensures each child is put into the child restraint and checks that the seatbelt is on correctly. Putting on a seatbelt is not a ‘milestone’ in a child’s life – do not put the responsibility of a child’s safety in their own hands
3.       Have children listen for the ‘click’ when a the seatbelt is clicked in – it gets them thinking about safety
4.       Before you run out the door, no matter how rushed, make sure you are holding children’s hands – it’s hard at times, especially going to school and work – but always put children in the car first and then pack bags
5.       If you’re on your own in the car, have a quick look around the car before driving off, especially reversing – don’t just rely on the camera in the car
6.       Account for all children before driving off. Can you see them? Teach children where to stand so that you can always see them before you drive off
7.       Teach children at a young age to not just listen for cars, but to look as well. Teach them that the white lights on the rear of a car means the car is reversing
8.       Before you turn the key and start driving, take 30 seconds to prepare your trip. Where are you going, which way will you use to get there and where are the children?
9.       Remember 30 seconds late is not a big sacrifice to help keep you and your family safe
Galmatic trainers are ACRI accredited in child restraint advising and installation.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Where Do All The Tyres Go?

We love teaching our workshops at Bob Jane stores – the Franchisees and their teams are always friendly and helpful. While waiting for our workshops to start, we couldn’t help but wonder, “Where do all the tyres that they take off cars go?”

Do they go to landfill or is there a tyre heaven somewhere that people can go to for materials to make endless tyre swings and front yard swans?
We found out that Bob Jane recycle over 85 000 tyres a year – which means they don’t go to landfill!

The company they use are Tyrecycle, and we had the opportunity to talk to General Manager Dean Beckman about what happens to all of those old tyres.

Thanks for talking to us Dean. What is the environmental impact of not recycling tyres? Currently, thousands of tonnes of scrap tyres per year are illegally dumped, usually in our precious bushland and waterways. These illegally dumped tyres cost millions of dollars a year to remove and produce severe health hazards and environmental damage.
Even the smallest number of dumped tyres can create a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transport disease, such as Denge Fever and the Ross River Virus. 

Tyres are also combustible. Once ignited, they are difficult to extinguish - producing chemical toxins that affects humans, flora, fauna, waterways and the atmosphere.  

Even tyres disposed of legally in landfill results in the failure to take advantage of a valuable resource. However, Tyrecycle works closely with government and industry to expand and develop the applications for recycled tyres.

What is the recycling process that you use and what are some of the products made from recycled tyres?

The recycling process follows 6 steps:

1. Collection and transportation

2. Sorting

3. Shredding

The tyres are shredded in preparation for further processing. 4. Steel removal

The steel at the centre of each tyre is recovered for re-use. In fact, Sims recycles over 2,500 metric tonnes of steel as a result of this process.

5. Grinding into finished product

Depending on the fineness required, the granules are ground by large rollers and pushed through sieves. Rubber products produced are: buffings and shred (used in matting, sport surfaces, turf and playgrounds); granules and chips (used in athletic tracks, playgrounds, horse arenas and asphalt); crumbs and powders (used in new tyres, brake pads, road sealing, adhesives and paints); and large shred tyre chips (used in civil engineering and fuel derivatives).

6. Testing & distribution

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cruising Back Into QLD With The Return Of Our Gold Coast and Brisbane Workshops

The weather is warming up, the convertibles are coming out of the garage, driving scarfs are on and it’s time to go cruising in QLD. Yes our workshops are back up and running in Brisbane and the Gold Coast!

And at Galmatic we are so excited to welcome our latest Crew Member Melinda Bergmann to the Galmatic team. Melinda will training for us in Brisbane and will also cover our Gold Coast classes while Nicole is away at sea.
And to celebrate we have a fantastic deal for all you Northern Gals – it’s our popular 2 for 1 deal.

 For every workshop booking we will give you a free voucher for a friend!
And a big hello and reminder to all you QLD gals that have Galmatic gift vouchers – give us a call so that we can book you in to one of our workshops.

Quick, offer ends soon so don’t miss out for you and a friend to enjoy a two hour, interactive, fun and informative workshop. What are you waiting for? The car to breakdown first?!
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