Does your child know the number for emrgency responders?

@jpso138 (7844)
Philippines
February 15, 2008 7:33am CST
I have read from an article in the news that somewhere in Worland, Wyoming, a five year old boy called up 911 and requested for an ambulance when his mother choked on a potato chip. Due to the efforts of the child, the mother was save from eminent death. He learned to call the emergency number from his school. My child is already five year old but when he was still four I have thought him how to dial the emergency number in our locality. For me it is very important that a child should learn this things since an emergency can happen anytime. Does your child know who to call during an emergency?
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@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I don't have a child but I personally don't know the emergency numbers that I might need in times of danger/trouble. I don't think my parents know nor my older siblings know those numbers either. I think it's pretty careless of us - I better list them down somewhere, but that also means that wherever I list it down, it has to be accessible enough to prove its worth when I need it. Thanks for the response on my discussion :)
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I see. Well it is really important to have an idea on the emergency number considering that you will never know when an accident or an emergency may occur. Well, be safe always. Just in case you do not know, we in the Philippines also have our own counterpart of 911. This number is 117 and is accessible anywhere in the Philippines using a land line. For mobile phones, we have a worldwide number for emergency and that is 112. You can dial this with your mobile phone even when there is no sim in it. Best to you!
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
112 and 117 - those are useful numbers and I'm memorizing them right now :D I have to know them by heart if I want to make sure they are accessible to me in times of need. Thank you!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
I am glad that you have seen the importance. I just hope that we would not be calling these numbers since calling this numbers would mean that an emergency has occurred. Be safe always!
@candy2306 (577)
• India
16 Jun 09
This is very interesting topic to be shared! I don't have a child on my own, but it's in our family that we make sure the child start memorizing parent's name and mobile numbers and house address. I've experienced the police used to stop at the children's playground and speak to the kids. The Policeman ask their name and address, and he gives candy for those who get it correct!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
That is really great for police officers to do that. But more than that, those children are really great. Well, having those numbers would really come in handy. If I am not mistaken, a paramedic started with a program somewhere in the United States advising that people should have an ICE number on their phones. This number is actually the specific person that can be called when the owner suffers and accident. Really interesting. ICE by the way, stands for In Case of Emergency. Best to you!
@balasri (26577)
• India
15 Feb 08
This is a very good discussion.We must always teach our children to memorize the emergency and important phone numbers .My daughter knows all the important numbers.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
I am happy that your daughter knows the numbers. We can never tell when an emergency may occur. I think we as responsible parents should teach our children as soon as they have the ability to comprehend any emergency situation to know how to call and give information to the emergency medical services dispatchers. Well, it would also be worthwhile for them to learn first aid as soon as they are capable.