React fast in an
unexpected emergency

We all know that planning for something bad to happen before its even happened, can often be quite stressful, especially if you’re having to explain the protocols to your little ones. Being a family owned business, we understand the pressures – So we’ve found a few tips that you can use to make sure your next emergency situation is lead with an element of control.

9 things to tell your little ones to keep them safe

1.

Know where to locate emergency numbers

Whether this is something that is stuck to the door of your fridge or accessible from a cell phone, make sure your kids know know how to gain access. Even better – Teach your child to memorise important contact numbers (i.e., police and ambulance).

2.

Role play emergency situations

Make sure your child knows who to react in a home emergency. It is very important to ensure your child is able to state their full name, age and address as well as the contact details of his/her legal guardians.

Be familiar with the family escape plan – Know what measures need to be in place in case of a burglary, fire or any other emergency situation. Always ensure you child knows the quickest way to exist the house if the need happened to arise (example, in instance of a fire) and to have a designated ‘meeting space’ upon exit.

3.

The security system

Make sure your child understands how to operate your home security system.

Make sure your child knows:

  • Where the panic buttons are located
  • How to arm and disarm the alarm system
  • To keep information like codes, confidential
  • To never open the door for strangers
  • To not let strangers onto the property without parental consent
  • To keep all doors around the house locked and secure (never open the door for anyone you don’t know)

4.

Install a CCTV System

Consider installing a CCTV system. This is especially helpful to assess a situation outside or in the house – Rather check your cameras, access if there is any threat and then make the next action.

5.

Practice water safety

Children under the age of 6 years old, should always be supervised while taking a bath or swimming/ playing near a pool.

 

Water safety tips:

  • Ensure your child always tests water temperature before submerging body
  • Never mix water with electricity
  • Never to touch an electrical item or socket with wet hands
  • To wear protective gear when around water, such as flotation armbands or vests to keep them afloat in the pool

6.

Consumables

Be aware of food allergies. Through clear communication, you can help you child understand the difference between safe and unsafe foods, as well as the dangers of consuming foods which can negatively impact their health.

Steer clear of the medicine cabinet. Ensure all medication is stored in a locked cabinet

7.

Heavy items

Heavy items which aren’t mounted to a wall, like an unsteady television set or bookshelf, can cause serious injury to a child if climbed on. Ensure your child understand the dangers of items around the house that they may not think could cause them harm.

8.

Don't play with fire

Your child may be curious and try to experiment with matches or gas lighters found around the house, be sure as the parents to warn your kids that it is never acceptable to play with fire, even if an adult is present at home.