Imagine being at home with your child having fun. Out of nowhere you fall and bust your head open, break your arm, or pass out completely. Would your child no how to help you in a situation like this? If your child is old enough to teach this kind of skill to, then it is extremely important that you do. Your child could potentially save your life or the life of someone else. Here are a few ways you can help your children in this area.
Does your child know how to administer simple first aid? One of the first things you need to teach your child is that if you are not awake or responding that the first thing they need to do it call 911. If you are awake and don’t need emergency services your child needs to be taught where you keep the first aid kit so that they can help you. Teach your child about the different things inside of the first aid kit, how to use them, and when to use them. If you are out in public and something like this happens teach your child to immediately run and find help from another adult that can help.
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.
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 somewhat 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.
In these types of situations your child needs a quick way to get help if they are able to. Smith Monitoring a home security company has come up with a way that children can quickly get help in emergency situations. Smith home security systems places a digital panel in 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, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.