This entry is brought to you by Cathi Kellett, Coordinator for the Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Chapter, based at Griffin Hospital.
Does your little one know what an emergency is?
We need to teach our children about the importance of 911 and the dangers of misusing it. We need to explain that while a true emergency is rare, sometimes they do happen. Talk to your kids about:
· Different kinds of emergencies; drowning, poisoning, fire and unconsciousness, etc.
· Describe different types of emergency personnel and how they can help.
· Visit open houses at local fire, police, EMS and hospitals
· Use toys, like play phones and vehicles to role play emergency situations.
Remember also the following in an emergency and teach your children to how to dial
· Be Calm
· Wait for a Dial tone (if using a landline phone).
· Dial the numbers 9-1-1. (Push the “talk” button if using a cell phone.)
· Tell the emergency person what is wrong. Speak slowly and clearly.
· Tell them your first and last name.
· Don’t hang up until the person tells you to hang up.
· Never prank call to 9-1-1.
Is your family prepared?
Complete this guide with your child:
· Place a 9-1-1 sticker and emergency phone number list near all phones in your home.
· Memorize your home address and telephone number.
· Know the telephone number of another adult to call.
· Learn how and when to call 9-1-1.
· Have a complete first aid kit in your home.
· Keep your family’s special medical needs and health insurance information handy.
· In case of an emergency, have 2 escape routes from your home and have a meeting place outside.
· Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street.
For more information, visit www.safekids.org or your local Safe Kids , Greater Naugatuck Valley at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost 1 million children die of injuries each year.
By educating children and adults, we hope to make this number go away.
Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Chapter Coordinator
Community Outreach & Parish Nurse Dept.