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Health Information For Kids
Emergencies happen when we least expect them, and they need fast thinking and action. Here are some things to know to help you be ready.
A 911 emergency is when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger. For example, call 911 if:
When you call 911, the emergency operator will ask what, where, and who questions such as:
You may feel scared or nervous if you have to call 911. That’s OK. The emergency operators who answer the phone talk to a lot of people, including adults, who are nervous or worried when they call. And they are used to talking to kids. Just stay as calm as you can. If you talk too fast, the operator may have trouble understanding what’s wrong and what kind of help you need.
Give the operator all the information you can about what the emergency is and how it happened.
NEVER call 911 as a joke or just to see what might happen. When the emergency operator has to take the time to talk to people who don’t have a real emergency, other people who call and do need help right away might have to wait. This is why dialing 911 as a prank is a crime in many places.
Also, make sure you are safe before you call 911. If your home is on fire, for instance, leave the house before calling 911. You can always call from someone else’s house or from a cellphone.
Before an emergency happens, talk to your parents or another adult about when you should call 911. If you’re not sure whether there’s a real emergency and there are no adults around, it’s a good idea to make the call. You could save someone’s life.
In a medical emergency, kids can be heroes just by calling for help. Find out more in this article for kids.
CPR saves lives. Find out how it works.
It’s scary to think about a fire happening at your house. But you can fight the fear – and prepare yourself – by learning the right way to handle a fire emergency. Find out more.
Are you home alone after school? If so, find out how to stay safe and keep busy until mom or dad comes home.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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