Knowing what to do in an emergency can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
1. CALL 911 to get help immediately.
Ask for the police, sheriff, fire department or an ambulance.
2. KEEP A WELL-STOCKED FIRST AID KIT ON HAND.
The following items are recommended:
3. KEEP EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS HANDY.
911 for the police, sheriff, fire department or an ambulance.
The Poison Center: (800) 222-1222.
The phone number for your place of employment.
4. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WHO TO CALL AND WHAT TO SAY.
Make sure children know where to find the list of emergency phone numbers.
If they call 911, make sure they know to tell the operator whether they need the police, fire department, or an ambulance.
The emergency operator will ask for the name of the caller, an address and telephone number.
The operator will also want to know why they are calling.
Remind your child to listen carefully and to stay on the phone until the operator says it's OK to hang up.
5. MAKE IT EASY FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL TO FIND YOUR HOUSE.
6. KEEP A CLEAR AND UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF IMMUNIZATIONS.
7. KEEP A HANDY RECORD OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS, MEDICATIONS AND DOSAGES.
8. MAKE A LIST OF ALLERGIES AND REACTIONS.
9. KNOW YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY'S POLICY ON EMERGENCY ROOM CARE.
10. LEARN FIRST AID
Classes teaching CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, and other basic first aid techniques are offered on a regular basis.
Check with your Prevea primary care physician, St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital, your area fire department or local chapter of the American Red Cross for more information.
Source: Emergency Medical Services for Children