Teach your children about 9-1-1
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Parents can help prepare their children to call 9-1-1 if the need arises. Emergencies are scary situations for children. At times they may not know what to do. Here are some tips to teach your children how to use 9-1-1. Children need to know that 9-1-1 is not a toy. It should be used for emergencies only. They may not understand what an emergency is. Just have them remember when calling 9-1-1, don’t let the word Emergency scare you because you are helping someone who needs it.
Tell your children when to call 9-1-1 :
Prepare your child to answer these questions:
- If they are ever lost and need help.
- If there has been a car accident.
- If they see a crime such as someone breaking into someone’s house.
- If someone becomes very sick and is having a hard time speaking or breathing or turns blue.
- If someone collapses or passes out, or appears to be “sleeping” but cannot be awakened.
- If a house or building is on fire or smoking.
- If they smell smoke or see a fire.
- If someone is trying to hurt them.
- If they hear an alarm.
- If they are not sure if it’s a real emergency and there are no adults nearby to ask.
Do not call 9-1-1:
- What is your address or where are you right now?
- What is the emergency?
- What is your telephone number?
- What is your name?
- For directions
- For your lost or injured pet
- When you’re bored and just want to talk
- Don’t call 9-1-1 to ask question or play a joke. It is a crime to call 9-1-1 as a joke.
- Never call 9-1-1 just to see what might happen.
Facts for moms and dads:
Sometimes children are our best source of information because they are not aware of how serious a situation is and therefore can provide immense amounts of information critical to responding units.
Have the following information by the phone:
- Post emergency numbers next to all phones in your home, where children can see the numbers clearly.
- Make sure children memorize their home address and telephone numbers.
- Make sure children know the name and number of an adult to call in an emergency.
- Teach kids how and when to dial 9-1-1 (or your local emergency numbers.)
- Have a complete first aid kit in your home.
- Keep any family member’s special medical needs and health insurance information handy.
- In case of an emergency, have two escape routes from your home and an outside meeting place.
- Practice evacuation plans annually.
- Make sure your child can physically reach at LEAST ONE PHONE. Wall mounted phones can be unreachable for little children.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street. It should contrast with the color of the surface it is mounted on.
- Children playing with fire are a primary cause of house fires. Teach your children the dangers of playing with fire and matches or lighters.
- Teach your child to dial 9 then 1 and another 1. Don’t practice calling 9-1-1 from a real phone.
- A list of emergency phone numbers
- The home phone number and address
- Any other contact information such as work phone numbers, cell phone numbers and neighbors phone numbers