Are your kids ready to handle an emergency?

Emergencies happen. As adults, we try to prepare for them with home fire escape plans, emergency car kits, and some of us also take CPR and first aid courses. We also do our best to keep our families safe by preventing dangerous situations in the home.

But with all of our preparation, sometimes bad things still happen. When your children are old enough to stay at home alone or babysit others, it’s important for them to be and feel prepared by knowing what to do in case of an emergency.

Preparing kids to deal with emergencies is important. Teach your kids not only what to do, but where emergency supplies are kept. Do they know how to clean a cut or scrape? Do they know where you keep the Band-Aids?

Introducing CPR and calling 911

Students Learn CPRDo your kids know what to do if someone they are babysitting is choking? How about what to do if they are home alone and suddenly start choking? Introducing kids to CPR and first aid courses is a good start. There are many different courses in Halton for kids.

You may also want to talk to your children about situations where it’s best to call a trusted adult, or when it’s better to call 911. Also be sure to tell them what kinds of questions to expect if they do decide to make that call.

I personally like to play the “What if?” game with my kids. It’s an activity that helps us to talk through different common scenarios. I ask questions like what would you do if:

  • the electricity goes out?
  • the toilet overflows?
  • someone is knocking on the door?
  • the fire alarm goes off?

Once while facilitating this game, a child answered that they would light all the candles in the house if the electricity went out. His mom was very surprised; she assumed he knew to use a flashlight and not candles. This started a great conversation between mom and tween.

Have you started your conversation yet?

Please share your stories with us. We’d love to hear from you!

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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One Response to Are your kids ready to handle an emergency?

  1. andyedt says:

    Reblogged this on East Devon Training: LIFEGUARD, FIRST AID, POWERBOAT and commented:
    Some thoughtful insights no matter which country you live.

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