We may think that when children are very young, we will always be there to take care of them and protect them come what may. At Memorial Montessori, we prepare our pre-school kids for emergencies simply because emergencies are things that are never planned. It is always a good idea to equip your child with some basics of handling emergencies for their own good.
If you live in a region where natural disasters occur often, you should talk to your child about it. Explain to them why these natural disasters occur and the precautions they should take. For example, if they are in the middle of an earthquake and in a different room from where you are and they can’t reach you, they should crouch under some heavy furniture. Children as young as three can comprehend instructions like these. If you live in an area where monsoons are accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning, teach your child how to unplug electrical appliances and turn off electrical switches so that your home is safe.
Get your child to memorise at least three different phone numbers that they can contact in the case of an emergency. This helps in a shopping mall when children often get ‘lost’. Knowing both parents’ and a relative’s number helps greatly. Preschool aged children are very quick with memorising, so get your little toddlers to memorise phone numbers at an early age.
At Memorial Montessori, we talk to our pre-schoolers about many different emergency situations. We conduct fire drills regularly and our children follow safety procedures very well. Our teachers also conduct lessons on general knowledge in which children get to know more about the different natural disasters different countries face and what they do to stay safe.
Give your child some lessons on safety at home today.