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The numbers your child should REALLY know

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

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Last July the Associated Press reported that a five-year-old Michigan, United States boy called 911, getting emergency workers to his home only minutes after his mother began having a seizure.

Akua McClain called her son, Demonte Reilley, her "protector" and "guardian angel".

Demonte had woken up to his mother having a seizure. He said he was scared, but "wasn't anymore when help was coming".

Demonte not only called 911, but he stayed on the line with an operator, saying where he lived and how his mother was doing.

There have been several other reports of kids as young as two having the quick-wittedness to dial for help when family members are in trouble, and it's often seen as fodder for great news stories because these actions are the exceptions rather than the norm.

But it's important, from as early as your child begins to grasp concepts, to introduce them to important numbers so they can help in an emergency. You should also convey to them the importance of using these numbers for genuine emergencies only.

Here are a few numbers and other information your child should know by age five.

The police: 119/911

The fire services: 112

His/her doctor (at least the name)

Parents' workplace and number

Parents' cell phone numbers

Parents' full (real) names

The name and phone number of at least one neighbour and/or relative

Place of residence (address)

Their age, school and school location.

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