You never know when an emergency will happen. However, you can prepare your children ahead of time to ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency. Knowing these four things will make it easier for children to respond in a cool and calm manner if anything were to happen to you or to them.
1) Have An Exit Strategy
In the event of a fire or a burglary, it is important to be able to get out of the house as soon as possible. Make sure to show your children all of the exits in the house as well as how to unlock a window in case all the doors are blocked. It is always a good idea to practice this plan every few months.
2) Have An Emergency Contact
What would your child do if he or she couldn’t reach you when something went wrong? In this scenario, it is always a good idea to have an emergency contact that your child can call at any time. This contact can be a neighbor, a friend or a family member who lives close by and can respond at a moment’s notice.
3) Teach Your Children To Dial 9-1-1
In an immediate emergency, your child show know that dialing 9-1-1 can bring the police or an ambulance to your home in minutes. If you are choking, someone is drowning or your child is otherwise in immediate danger and cannot leave the house, calling for emergency services can be the difference between life or death. However, make sure that your child knows to dial that number only in a true emergency.
4) Making Noise Is Helpful
Water and small children can be a deadly combination when there is a lack of proper supervision. For example, let’s say that your child was watching Houston infant swimming lessons and something happened to the instructor or one of the parents. While your child may not know CPR, he or she should know that making noise and yelling for help can attract attention to the situation. A passerby will eventually stop and offer assistance after hearing the commotion.
The odds are slim that your child will ever be in imminent danger. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare for the worst. By teaching your kids how to respond in an emergency situation, you are giving them the skills to survive on their own if you are not there to help them.
This is a guest post written by Madyson Grant
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