Emergency tips for kids

2017-05-30 06:02

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Whether you are at work for a full day or at home with your children, they should know what to do in an emergency.

“Crime is a reality for South Africans and our children and teenagers are being affected. We need to empower them to know what to do in an emergency and how to protect themselves,” says Jade Hanning, district manager of Fidelity ADT. Hanning has the following safety tips to share with children:

. Make sure your children memorise their full names, address and phone ­number.

. Using a play phone, teach children when and how to dial 10111 (on a landline) or 112 on a cellphone.

. Put other emergency numbers on speed dial on your home phone and cellphone. Teach your children how to operate the speed dial and when it should be used.

. Always leave a phone number where you can be reached along with numbers for neighbours and emergency services right next to the phone.

.Let your children practise operating door and window locks.

.Explain how important it is not to let anyone into the house without your ­permission.

.Teach your children basic first aid such as putting pressure on a bleeding wound and what to do with minor burns.

. Show them how to press the panic button and explain when they should do so.

“The golden rule with children is to develop good security habits,” Hanning says.

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