Emergency! What to Teach Your Kids About Safety and First-Aid

By Hinda Mandell

Have you begun talking to your kids about how to handle an emergency? While kids can’t be expected to respond to a crisis in an adult way, there are basic tasks they can do that could turn out to be life-saving.

Two-year-old Alana Miller made national headlines when she managed to pick up the phone, dial 911, and summon help by repeatedly saying, “Mommy owie” after her mother passed out from a severe migraine. Erika Miller, a Red Cross volunteer in Washington State, had shown the toddler what to do if there was ever a “big owie,” but she was amazed that her child rose to the occasion.


Have you begun talking to your kids about how to handle an emergency?
Needham, Massachusetts Police Lt. John Schlittler says children as young as age 3 or 4 can be taught about dialing 911. The American Red Cross targets injury prevention and first-aid to kids ages 5 to 8 in their First Aid for Children Today (F.A.C.T.) program.

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