When an accident occurs, knowing how to call Triple 000 in an emergency can be the difference between a positive outcome and dire consequences.
Often young children and toddlers can be of huge assistance in emergency situations.
By preparing and educating the kids on what to do should they need to call Triple 000, you’ll be able to call on them for assistance.
When your call is connected to emergency services you’ll be asked by the operator which service you require – Police, Fire or Ambulance.
In the event of a medical emergency always ask for an ambulance.
What is the exact address of the emergency? It’s important the kids know their address or can read from somewhere their address – it’s good to have these on a magnet on the fridge. The officer will ask for the state, suburb name, street address and nearest cross street or location you are calling from.
What is the phone number you are calling from? Again, have this information on the same magnet/card on your fridge. If you don’t have a landline ensure you have mobile number(s) detailed.
Tell me exactly what happened? It’s now when the kids may stumble over what’s happened, so long as the child can give general information, it will assist the operator.
Next the operator will ask how old is she/he? Again, an approximate will be fine if the child is calling.
Is she/he awake and breathing? Prepare the children that sometimes in an accident it can look like someone is “sleeping” or could stop breathing. Remind them while it may be scary their job in calling emergency services is helping this person and the operator can offer positive encouragement.
By taking some measures in advance, you can be assured that the kids will do their best in an emergency, with the correct guidance and knowledge.
First Aid For You’s Kids Course details all of this and age appropriate first aid skills. Please note, these tips and advice are no substitute for first aid knowledge.
A first aid course – especially one dedicated to teaching children first aid and how to call Triple 000 is so important and you’ll be grateful your child spent the time learning the vital skills.
Have you taught your kids what to do in an emergency? Please share below.