So much has changed over the past decade and some.
When I was little, my parents taught us the number of the emergency services, but over time the numbers changed. Then there was a time when the SAPS flying squad number wasn't functional and children were taught other numbers for emergency services.
I have subsequently forgotten those numbers and I have had to do some research into which numbers I should have in my ICE arsenal.
As a parent, do you know the various numbers to call in case of emergency?
There are different tools to assist us in this day and age - applications on our smartphones.
MySOS is an app designed to make our lives as parents a tad easier. It's there to help you "when you don't know who to call, when you don't know where you are and when you really need help".
Upon downloading the application, you set it up according to the guidelines offered. You also set up your emergency contacts.
When you set up your emergency contacts, you are able to send an alert to these contacts at the touch of a button (or a tap of a button). It will then notify your contacts of the nature of your emergency along with your location.
Creators of the application advise that users keep their location function on their smartphones activated, in order for the application to locate you ("Track me" function) and to locate the services closest to you ("Find near me"function).
The only downside to the application is that it needs network signal in order to function. Therefore, if you are stuck in the bundus, the app will not be able to help you and you will have to kick it old school by calling emergency services for help.
The application is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and the Apple iStore.
Baby and Child First Aid:
Another useful application parents of little ones should consider downloading is the Baby and Child First Aid application.
The app incorporates many features which shares truck loads of information about various emergency situations you may encounter.
It has step-by-step videos and animation to show you what you need to do in difference cases of emergency. It also tests your knowledge and skill with the basic first aid for babies and children, which is different to older teens and adults.
The app displays emergency numbers for the United Kingdom, but the information is useful no matter where you are in the world.
You are able to download the application from the Google Play Store and the Apple iStore for free.
St John Ambulance First Aid:
This application is great for parents with older children - teens and young adults.
A name many of us are familiar with is St. John's Ambulance. They have kept up with the times in releasing a first aid application.
The useful piece of software helps in emergency situations. It's not meant to equip you as well as what a St. Johns Ambulance first aid course or manual would, but they reckon no one should die because they needed first aid and didn't receive it. We concur.
The advice is simple and included illustrations to assist as well.
Once again, emergency service numbers are provided for Europe and the United Kingdom, but the information is universal.
The application is available for free downloading from the Google Play Store and the Apple iStore.
Have you downloaded any applications to help you on your parenting journey? Share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.