Many parents will have talked to their children (depending on the child’s age), on basic safety and calling 000 in Australia or 999 in the UK for emergencies. But there are many more steps that can take with your children, to make sure that they are prepped and ready for any emergencies. After all, you’ll want them to keep calm and measured in a crisis, if there ever is anything that happens. It might be talking about what to do in the case of fire, a planned escape route, and so on, to how to deal with strangers and what to say or do. So here are some of the things that you can do to help make a difference.
Injuries and Illness
Helping to educate children about keeping calm can be important for any injury or illness. It can also be a good idea to keep a list of numbers by the phone, so that they know who to call in an emergency, from an ambulance to a grandparent. Older children may learn things like first aid at school, but if they don’t then that could be something that you look into to help them be prepared in an emergency. Talk about things that they might need to help them, such as using an inhaler if they are asthmatic.
Being able to agree on escape routes and meeting points with all of the members of the family can make sure that you are all safe and know where to be in the event of a fire. Will they know where to go if there was a fire outside their door? Do they know about throwing things like pillows and blankets out of the window can be acceptable? Check out fire safety equipment in the home such as smoke alarms, safety ladders and fire extinguishers. If needed, make sure that children, depending on their age, know where they are and how they work.
There are several things that can happen in the home that are emergencies, from knowing what to do if your toilet won’t flush properly, to how to switch off the water or find torches when there is no electricity. So make a plan with the kids and have things in place. It could be that you tell them where torches and spare batteries are, or what to press if they need to switch electricity back on. Of course, a lot of these things do depend on the age of your children, so you will know what is appropriate for them.
Get children to be in a safe frame of mind from when they are young, and help to teach them some tips, such as:
- Pointing out where to where to turn off the water.
- Teach them to make sure that all doors are shut and switches are off before going out of the house.
- Know where batteries and torches are kept, as mentioned above.
- Emptying bath water after use.
- Know where to find a home first aid kit.
- Check smoke alarms and locks regularly.