Do your kids know what to do in a Home Emergency?
I remember my first experience with an earthquake. It’s only a matter of time when it comes to living through your first earthquake, when you live in California. It’s embedded in my brain, every single time we have a shaker. As a mom, I was home when the kids experienced their first earthquake. The look of confusion and terror on their faces (yes, all three were home) is now something added to the list of things I will never forget! It took our youngest son a while to get over the traumatizing experience of his first quake. Were we prepared, had it been the big one? Not even close.
A home emergency isn’t just limited to earthquakes. It can be any natural disaster or accidents that require some form of First Aid. Had I not been home during that earthquake, would they have known what to do? What about during a fall or roughhousing mishaps, would they know when to cal 911?
Raising 3 scouts, I hope they would put to use what they learned. Each have very basic knowledge of first aid. But as we all know, during a time of an emergency, all of that goes out the window. Do you still have a home landline? We don’t, but my sister does.
Here’s a shocking statistic: The chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone’s GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country. With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.
Check out these helpful tips, and read them with your kids:
TIP #1: KEEP A FIRST AID KIT AT THE READY
Whether it’s for a small scrape or something far worse, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy. People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene. According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that’s seven times higher than for people who call from a landline. If you’re often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.
TIP #2: WRITE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST
Make sure that no matter where you are, it’s easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities. Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too. With Ooma’s home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed. In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives.
TIP #3: RECOGNIZE THE FIRST SIGNS OF DANGER
Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger. If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible. Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department. Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.
We have yet to call 911 for any emergency with the kids. God willing, we never have to do it.
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was sent a first aid kit for this post.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!