Health Tip: When There's an Emergency

Your child should know what to do

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(HealthDay News) -- 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.


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