(HealthDayNews) -- It's a wise idea to talk to your kids about what to do in the event of an emergency, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Here's what you should tell them:
- In language your child can understand, explain what constitutes an emergency.
- Tell your child who might come to help -- paramedics, firefighters and police -- and what they might be wearing.
- Have your child memorize important information, such as your home address and phone number.
- Make sure he knows the emergency number for your area.
You can also role play an emergency situation, guiding your child through the following steps:
- Get to a safe place.
- Try to stay calm.
- Dial 911.
- Tell the person who answers what's wrong.
- Don't hang up until the other person hangs up.
- If possible, be in a spot where you can see emergency workers arrive.