No one wants to imagine themselves or their families being put in a possibly life threatening situation. But, being prepared may just turn that life threatening situation into a controllable one. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for some of the most common emergencies. The most important thing you can do is to be ready and calm during these stressful events.
Unfortunately, an ambulance or ride to the emergency room may be costing you or someone you know valuable time. Learning basic first aid and CPR is an invaluable skill; a few hours of training can potentially save someone’s life. Check your local fire department or police station, many towns offer free or low cost training.
Fire is one of the most preventable household emergencies. Having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen is a great start, but not knowing how to use it greatly decreases your chances of being able to correctly and effectively handle one during an actual fire. Check with your local fire department to see if they offer demonstrations on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. A smoke detector should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement and attic. A smoke detector is your first alert when it comes to smoke or fire in your home so make sure to check that they are working regularly. Make a plan with your family on what to do during a fire. Having a few at home “fire drills” can help keep everyone calm and teach kids valuable safety lessons.
Teach your kids to swim as early as possible, but don’t forget: it’s never too late to learn. Check with your local swim club or YMCA for swim lessons for the whole family. You don’t have to be an Olympian, but knowing swimming basics can prevent a bad situation at the pool or beach.
Most people get their license when they are in their teens and never think twice about it. As with everything else, being prepared for the worst is always the best. Check out a defensive driving course, usually offered in either a classroom or online environment. If your teen is driving already, or just starting out, it is never too early for them to start learning these skills as well. Not only will it help you and your child become better and more alert drivers, in most cases the completion of a defensive driving course will get you a discount on your car insurance.
Older children can take babysitting courses and learn a number of life-saving skills while becoming a certified babysitter. These courses usually include CPR certification, accident prevention, first aid as well as critical emergency skills. Check with your local YMCA to see if they offer these classes.
These are just a few simple steps to help give you and your loved ones peace of mind during some of the most common emergencies. Contact your local health department, library, police station and rescue squad to find out about all of the safety courses available to you.
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