Fire is one of the most dangerous accidents that can happen in our homes. If a house is on fire, then safety measures must be taken to avoid loss or fatality resulting from the fire. It is so easy for a parent or any adult to deal with such an emergency. But what happens when fire strikes a house when a child is all alone in the house? Are our children prepared enough to handle fire emergencies at home? The only way to ascertain whether children can handle such emergencies or not is by revisiting the ‘must know’ things in case of an emergency.
What a child must know
There are a few things that children must know for them to handle emergencies arising from fire in their houses. Here below are the things that every child is expected to know.
- Dialing 911
All children must know of the existence of 911 as the emergency number. While it may sound common, some children still do not know of the emergency number. Parents are tasked to teach their children of this emergency number.
For younger children, they should not only be taught emergency number but also how to dial the number.
- What to say to 911
Another important thing that children must know is what to say when they call 911. This is crucial because it will help in prompt response from the other side. If a kid cannot express the situation, it might take a longer period before fire fighters get to the residence.
- Physical address of the house
The children should also know the physical address of their homes. Parents should teach their children how to describe their physical address. This information is equally important in helping fire fighters to get in time.
- Usage of fire emergency tools
There are fire emergency tools such as fire extinguishers that children must know how to use. They can help in putting off fire before it spreads to other places. Fire extinguishers can also help children to create way for their exit from the house if they are blocked with fire.
These are the most important things that children must know in case there is fire emergency at home. Knowledge of these things will help reduce damage and avert fatality from such accidents.
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