As a parent, you will face many challenges. Anything teaching your children the skills they need to survive whatever life may throw their way.
Teaching your child how to use 911 in an emergency, could be one of the easiest. In fact it could be one of the most important lessons you'll ever share. Take Ana Presa for instance, back in February she saved both her brother and herself, when her house caught on fire.
"I saw a bunch of flames and my brother knew the house was on fire because he saw smoke."
This brave 7-year-old was home alone with her younger brother, when flames shot up from the back bedroom. Ana was quick on her feet calling 911 Emergency.
Collin County 911
Can you help me? My house is burning. One of the beds is burning. Please help us.”
In an emergency, your children will do the same with just a few helpful tips. First, learning what's considered an emergency goes hand in hand with what's not. Lt. Bob Fair with the Sherman Police Department says, “something that is requiring immediate police or fire personal to respond to a location. Someone is hurt, or there is a danger to someone being hurt. Even a crime in progress would be considered a 911 phone call. Non-emergency calls are instances that have occurred but are finished. No longer taking place at the time.”
Second, make sure your child knows that calling 911 is never a joke.
“It’s not a joke. It’s a violation of the law. You can be arrested.”
And lastly, make sure they know the 5 W’s. Where are you calling from, Where do you live, What type of emergency is this, Who needs your help, is the person awake and breathing?
Also explain to your child that it's ok to be frightened. Especially in a life threatening situation.