The last thing you want as a parent is to be faced with an emergency situation with your children. Neither do you want your children to ever find themselves in an emergency situation. Since we can’t possibly control this though, it is imperative to teach our kids from an early age on how to react and what to do in case of an emergency. Teaching these things to your children will help them remain calm and act the right way every single time they are faced with an emergency.Here are 10 things to teach your child about emergency situations that will help them in cases of emergencies;
- Dialing emergency numbers
This should be one of the first things that any child should be taught when growing up. It is imperative for your children to understand the significance of various emergency numbers and know when to use them. It goes without saying therefore that you should teach your children how to dial 911 and any other local emergency number. Help them memorize your number and a number of a close friend or relative which they can dial in case of an emergency and you are not available.
- Names and addresses of parents and relatives
Growing up, your child should know your full official names, residence address, place of work and your phone number. This information will come in handy in case your child gets lost or is involved in some form of accident. Help them understand the significance of memorizing the contacts and addresses and it will be helpful someday.
- Medical information
Does your child have any medical condition? Do you, as the parent, suffer from any medical condition? Well, if anyone in your family has any medical condition, make sure that every child in the family is aware of the condition and the main symptoms to watch out for and when to dial emergency services. If the child has a medical condition, it is important to get them a medical bracelet.
- Basic First Aid Skills
Although these are taught in school, it is only wise to teach your kids to administer basic first aid. The earlier they understand the significance of possessing these skills, the better. If you need any help teaching your children about first aid, consult your family doctor and I am sure he/she will gladly help.
- Teach them to remain calm
Calmness and patience during emergency situations is more than vital. Remaining calm during an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. Try and teach your kids to approach each situation they are faced with, with a lot of patience can calmness. Make them understand that panic and fear during emergency situations will only make matters worse.
- How to use emergency kits
If you have a basic emergency kit in your home, show you children where it is located and how to use the same. Store the kit in an accessible spot in the house to make it easy for your children to access the same in case of an emergency. Show them how to use the basic equipment in the kit and regularly remind them how to do the same.
- Explain to them situations in which they need to run, hide or scream
In case of an emergency, you want your children to know the most appropriate thing to do. Explain to them the situations in which they will be required to remain calm, those in which they need to hide from an assailant or when they need to scream or call for help. The response your kids have in emergency rooms is vital and will directly affect their chances of surviving a scare.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
This is an emergency procedure that your kids need to know from their young age and it can make a very big difference in case of an emergency. Teach them how to perform a CPR and when to do it. They might not end up using the skill at any point in their life but if need ever arises, trust me they will be there to save a life.
- Fire assembly points
Fires are one of the most common emergencies in which kids are involved. Fires can break out at any time and you want your child to be aware of what to do before the flames spread. Teach about the significance of fire assembly points and use of wet blankets to escape a smoke filled room.
- Emergency training clinics
If you can’t quite manage to teach your kids these things, then let the professionals do the work for you. Take your children to emergency training clinics and the local fire station for better emergency training. This way, your child will interact with the professionals and ask important questions which will help them cope better in emergency situations.