Step 6: Ways You Can Prepare Your Family for Home Emergencies

Through October, Primrose Schools® will be sharing information and resources from national partner Save the Children® and its Get Ready. Get Safe. initiative to help families get prepared for emergencies. This blog post marks the sixth post in the nine-week series.

Most parents know that emergency preparedness is important, but may find it difficult to think about, or don’t know where to start to plan and prepare their family for an emergency. That’s likely part of the reason why 49 percent of parents don’t feel very prepared to protect their kids from a disaster. But knowledge is power, and the following tips will help bring you one step closer to feeling confident in your family’s emergency preparedness plan!

Every emergency and disaster is different, but there are certain precautions you can take that will get your child and family closer to being protected no matter what event occurs. Consider the following tips to help you prepare for various emergency situations, and click here to view tips specific to certain types of disasters.

Teach safety. First and foremost, teach your child about the disasters your family is at risk for. Be reassuring, use simple language (limiting graphic language or images), and remind him that disasters are natural events and not anyone’s fault. It’s also important for children to know what to do in an emergency. Check out our earlier post on teaching the basics for more information!

Be proactive. Monitoring weather conditions, staying vigilant, and keeping an eye on your child and her activities can sometimes help prevent an emergency and will certainly help you better prepare.

Plan ahead. Having an emergency plan in place (like the one you are creating over these nine weeks) is critical for many different types of emergencies. An evacuation plan is an important part of this, which brings us to this week’s Get Ready. Get Safe. Family Plan Checklist item: create and practice a home evacuation plan. Use this worksheet to guide your family in putting together a plan and make sure your little one is involved in the process! 

Practice drills. For any kind of disaster, from floods to fires, having a plan is of little use unless it is practiced. Every year, have at least two drills at home for each event you’re at risk for so that your child can become familiar with the procedures and will know what to do if you are not around. 

With Fire Prevention Week upon us, let’s also hone in on some simple fire safety tips for you and your family:

  • Install smoke alarms – and make sure they work! Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms2. Install them near your kitchen, near sleeping areas, in each bedroom and on every floor. Make sure your children are familiar with the sound of the alarm and know what to do if they hear it.
  • Be careful when you cook. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries2. But what’s more, children under five face a higher risk of cooking-related burns even when there is no fire2. Never leave your child unattended in the kitchen, and take extra caution to ensure all heat sources are off before you leave.
  • Hold fire drills. Include your child in planning and practicing home fire drills at least twice a year. This week, engage him in fire safety by having him fill out this fun Fire Safety Activity Sheet from Primrose.

 

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