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Knowing what to do in an emergency could be the different between life and death. Arming your child with some basic knowledge about life threatening situations is an important part of the process of growing up. They will no doubt carry the skills with them into their teenage and adult years, and hopefully hand the knowledge onto their own children.
How to use 911
Teaching your child that 911 is the number to call in case of an emergency is the most simple and effective way of dealing with an emergency. Walk you child through the process, and talk to them about the different situations in which they may need to phone the number for help. It is always a good idea to have the information on the fridge at the child’s eye height just in case they forget what to do.
Many children learn in school what to do in case there is a fire emergency. However it does not hurt to teach them what to do for the same emergency at home. Teach your child to get closer to the floor to avoid flames and smoke, also teach him or her to “stop, drop and roll” if their clothes catch on fire. It is also important to teach your child how to use certain items safely, such as stoves, hot plates, heaters and other electrical items that could spark a fire.
Teaching your child the basics about what to do in the event of an emergency is an important part of the parenting process, and one that could save lives.