Handling an Emergency

Injury Prevention Handling and Emergency phone cartoonSince emergencies can happen in the home at any time, your child should be taught how to react accordingly.

  • In any emergency, teach your child to alert the parent or adult who is in charge.
  • Teach your child 911 or the emergency phone numbers of the local police department, fire department and ambulance service. Also, teach your child to dial the emergency phone number only in situations where an adult has been injured or is unconscious and cannot physically dial the phone for herself.
  • Teach your child her name, street address and phone number for identification purposes in an emergency. 
    When your child is able to read, write the emergency phone numbers, your street address and home phone number on a note next to the phone. In an emergency, your child can call emergency numbers and should be prepared to read the following information:

“My name is


I live at


My phone number is


We have an emergency.” 

The emergency response professional will be able to request additional information.