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3 Reasons Why It Is Important To Maintain Your Temper In The Event Of An Emergency At Home

An emergency situation can happen at any moment. Perhaps in the middle of the night, at a truly inconvenient time. When we’re not expecting to have to deal with a crisis, it can send us into panic. It can play havoc with your emotions. You may feel stressed, upset or angry. It’s so important to know how to cope with an emergency, to plan in advance so you know what you will do if something arises. Knowing what to do in this type of situation truly helps when you’re thrown into a crisis.

1. Make an initial assessment and react

Stay calm

Your body reacts to an emergency. That horrible feeling of stress and anxiety is actually your body giving you the power to cope. Your brain works faster, your body is ready to react. So try to overcome the negative feelings and be calm. Take a moment to assess the situation and work out what needs to be done.

Get help

Determine if you need help and get on the phone fast. Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers to hand at all times. Whether it’s an ambulance, a fire engine or simply a friend to help you out, call them immediately. Make sure you pass on all the important information, medical details if someone is ill, and your address. It’s easy to forget the most basic of details when you’re in a panic.

Remember your plan

Before an emergency can strike unexpectedly, have a plan in place for all eventualities. Make sure the whole family know what to do. This will help everyone focus, and everyone keep safe.

2. Dealing with the emergency

Know your first aid

You can be more use in an emergency if you have had first aid training. Knowing how to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and put someone in the recovery position can save lives. Keep a well stocked first aid kit in your home.

Select a safe space

If there is an emergency and the home needs to be evacuated, make sure everyone know where to go. Somewhere a safe distance away from the property in case of explosions or spreading fire.

3. Advance planning goes a long way

Be prepared

There are several ways in which you can plan ahead and reduce the amount of stress you feel should an emergency situation arise. Ensuring you have a plan for every eventuality can give you a feeling of reassurance that you are prepared and can do the best for you, your family and anyone else involved.

Know where you are

Of course you know your own address, but what if you had to call an ambulance to your place of work, of if a friend took ill while you were visiting them? Do you know the actual street address of everywhere you frequent? It could save valuable time in an emergency.

Teach your children

Even youngster can learn some basic first aid, and learning a new skill is a good confidence booster. Be sure that your children know what to do, and how to call emergency services should you yourself be unable to. Role play the situation so they know what to say to over the phone, and so they won’t be scared if the situation did happen in reality.

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