Parenting & Family

Preparing Your Family For Incidents, Accidents, and Emergencies

Even if we hope every member of our family never has to deal with any damaging incident, accident, or emergency, we all know that’s not realistic. And that’s why you should have prepared a plan for every possible event, no matter how obscure concerning possibility. Spending even a few minutes talking about these potential emergencies can make a huge amount of difference if it actually happens.

To make sure you’re family is prepared, be sure to have a home emergency plan, discuss what to do in the event of traffic accidents, go over communication plans in case anyone ever gets separated or in trouble, and keep your kids up to speed on home safety basics as they get older.

Have a Home Emergency Plan 

Does everyone in your family know what to do if the basement floods? Does everyone know what to do if a tornado or a hurricane is coming? Do you have a plan if a fire starts? Every person who lives in your house should have an answer to all of those questions. It only takes a few minutes to go over all of those details, and it can mean the difference between injury and everyone being safe and healthy.

Discuss Traffic Accidents 

Have you talked with your family about what to do if a traffic accident occurs? Do the drivers in your family know that they should get pictures of license plates, insurance information from the other drivers and that they should call the police? Do children know how to buckle themselves in safely, or potentially get out of their seats if the car gets hit? Again, it’s a matter of small conversations that make a big difference when it comes to family safety.

Go Over Communication Plans 

These days, almost everyone has a cell phone. With that though, people get anxious if other people break communication patterns. As the adults in the family, you should let your kids or other family members know how often and in what way to check in with you. It might be a phone call. Or it could be a text message. The point is to discuss communication before an accident occurs so that everyone knows what to do.

Keep Kids Up To Speed On Home Safety Basics 

Finally, as your kids grow up, you should teach them home safety basics. They need to know where the breaker box is. They need to know how to turn the main water supply on and off. They need to know how to stop toilets from overflowing. All of these home safety basics need to be learned as soon as possible to keep kids knowledgeable about emergency processes. Even something as simple as operating a fire extinguisher needs to be learned, and having a parent or family member show you makes it that much easier.

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