Tuesday, 03 February 2009
by Mama Fox
My mom emailed me this morning after she heard of a 3 year old who called 911 after her pregnant mother fainted.
I looked up the story, which happened over the summer. Her mother just the week before taught her daughter a song on how to dial on her cell phone. When her mother fell and lost consciousness, the girl grab the blackberry and dialed just like her song. They were able to trace the call within a block and the little girl was able to describe her house and her parents' cars and got help to her mother.
It's such a great story and a very important lesson. A few months ago our family talked about when and how to call 911, as well as a fire drill practice. My older boys (3 and 5 years old) know their full names, our address here and and my oldest knows my phone number. We talked about what an emergency is and the different times it's okay to call 911 - like if Mama or Daddy fell and won't wake up, if we are hurt and tell them to or if there's a stranger trying to get into our house.
We also told them that if there's a fire, to get outside, don't worry about the phone. We role played a bit and they practiced dialing it on an unplugged cordless phone and I showed H how to call from my cell phone. I told him to use the house phone first though.
We also told them if they call they need to tell the dispatcher what is wrong, tell them our address and stay on the phone until someone, a police officer, a firefighter or an EMS worker, comes to our house. I am confidant that our boys will handle an emergency well because we have taken the time to teach them. It's never too early to teach them about safety. Keep practicing so they know what to do if the situation needs it.
Do your children know their address? Have you talked with them about when and how to dial 911? Have you ever had to dial 911 for an emergency?