There are many good reasons to teach kids how to call 999 in an emergency. If your children know how to contact the emergency services when they are required, this can be the difference between life and death. If your child ever asks you about fire engines and police cars, this will give you an excellent opportunity to explain the importance of the emergency services to them. There is no minimum age for you to teach your kids how to call 999 in an emergency. In fact, the sooner they understand how to call the emergency services, the better.
Do you need to teach kids how to call 999 in an emergency?
You should ensure your children know that they should only call the number in a genuine emergency. Explaining what an emergency consists of and giving examples will help you. Tell them they should never call the number for a joke. You could explain that medical emergencies like scalds, burns, allergic reactions, chest pain, collapsing, losing blood, fire and choking would require a call to 999. It is best to try not to frighten them when telling them when they would need to call 999, so try to explain the information to them calmly.
You need to tell your child how to give their full name and address as soon as is realistically possible. This will also help them if they ever become lost. Tell your child to use a landline rather than a mobile if they are calling 999 from home so the call can be traced unless they need to leave the house immediately. Inform your child that they need to make sure they are safe before they call 999 if there is a house fire and to leave the house as soon as possible. In this situation, it would be best for them to use a mobile phone or ask a trusted neighbour for help.
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Date Published: May 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice