Teaching kids to deal with emergencies

May 11, 2012 5:11:56 AM PDT
It's a question all parents ask themselves at some point - how will their kids react during an emergency? Will they know what to do?

There are some things you can teach your kids in advance.

In the last week, Eyewitness News introduced you to the 6-year-old and 4-year-old sisters who helped saved their grandfather after he fell, as well as the first grader who saved a classmate by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

There are several steps that parents should take to make sure their kids are prepared.

For example, start with the basics. By the age of 4, your child should know their full name, their address, phone number and parents' work numbers.

By the age of 6, kids should know how and when to dial 911. You can role play with your kids, practicing scenarios and what to do if a parent or grandparent is sick.

In fact, that is exactly what happened those the two sisters who saved their grandfather.

"Little did I know when I was training them how to use 911 that they would turn around and be able to use it to save me," the grandfather said.

As for older kids, they should begin to learn CPR and first aid, and when exactly it should be used.

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