Teaching kids about safety starts from the first time we tell them “no” as they’re reaching for the hot stove. There’s no reason to stop there. Kids have an incredible capacity to learn, so teach them how to be safe and how to react when emergencies happen.
As soon as kids can recognize the numbers, they can learn to call 911. It’s important to teach them that 911 is not a toy. Otherwise, you could find yourself talking to a police officer about why Junior was screaming, “My house is on fire!” at the dispatcher. And if the kids are carrying cell phones, they need to know how calling with the cell phone is different than the home phone.