Children are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. If you have children you probably know this. In emergency situations children are often known to respond and think, clearer and wiser than adults. Something about children’s innocence allows them to partially disconnect from the severity of emergencies and rationalize what steps need to be taken to solve the problem. Because of this our children need to be educated of what to do in emergencies so that they can have all the tools they need if faced with these types of situations. Children of any age can be taught to some degree on how to properly respond in emergency situations.
Calling 911 is the most basic and simple skill a child can be taught to respond in emergency situations. As soon as a child can clearly talk and think some what rationally they can be taught to call 911. The great thing about the 911 emergency hotline is that the operators are taught to be able to talk to anyone of any age and get the information out of them that they need to properly respond to the emergency.
CPR is a skill that can be taught to a 10 year old. It depends on where you live but some states will start official CPR certifications at 13 yrs. old. If your child is of age in your area taking a CPR class at your local rec or medical center is a great way to equip them with the tools they need to respond in an emergency situation. Even if your child is not of age to receive and official CPR certification there are things that you can teach them to aid in these situations. A great skill to teach your under age child if you are some one else collapses is alert the people around them and ask if anyone knows CPR.
Emergencies in Public
There are tons of different circumstances that can be labeled as an emergency in public. There are tons of different scenarios that you could talk your children through but there are a few basics things are the most important for them to know. The first thing to teach your child is to get help. If there is a person attacking them or some one else they need to run away if they can and scream for help. If someone becomes unconscious they need to find someone else and ask for help. Your child needs to know to find a safe place. If there is a fire, shooting, or car accident they need to know to immediately remove them self from the danger or hide in a safe place. This is a skill that you will have to carefully talk your children through different scenarios.
Emergencies in the Home
Emergencies in the home can include but are not limited to, burglary, fire or someone being injured. In these types of situations your child needs a quick way to get help if they are able to. Smith Monitoring, the leader in home security, has come up with a way that children can quickly get help in emergency situations. If you choose to use Smith Monitoring, or local companies like it, as your home security system they will place a digital panel if your home. One of the features of the digital panel is the ability to call police, medical or fire responders from the panel. Teaching your children to navigate the easy to use panel will allow them to call emergency responders in the event of an emergency
Author Bio: Ally is a writer for Smith Monitoring, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.