Does Your Child Know How to Handle an Emergency?

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Show kids how to use your cell phone as well, including any passwords you might use to unlock the phone for use. Help young ones remember how to handle emergencies by role playing with action figures or other toys. This can be especially helpful with actions such as putting out a fire -- a doll can demonstrate "stop, drop and roll" or what to do if there is stranger danger. A secret password that only the parent and children know can alert kids if there is an emergency. When it's uttered, children will know it's time to get help. As they get older, show them where your emergency supplies are kept and take them through drills of different scenarios -- fire, tornadoes, or whatever natural disasters may afflict your area. Children as young as 11 can be certified in first aid and even CPR. Look into resources such as the YMCA and local parks and recreation organizations to get more information about child safety courses. Who knows? Your child could save another person's life, including his own.