Summer Safety

Emergency Tips for Children

 

You won't be graded on this safety quiz, but what you learn from it might save your life, or the life of someone you love.

 

Ronnie Danger

It was the first day of summer vacation and Ronnie Danger couldn't wait to go outside and play.  As soon as breakfast was over, he grabbed his skateboard and ran out into the street.  Ronnie's older sister Karen was a great skateboarder and she knew all kinds of cool tricks, like riding down really steep hills.  Ronnie never wore knee pads or a helmet because they only got in his way and he was certain he could skate much faster without them.  Even though there were a lot of people on their way to work that morning, Ronnie skated in the street.   The sidewalks were too bumpy!  Weaving in and out of traffic, Ronnie skated right through a stop sign.  He was moving so fast, he didn't have time to react when someone opened his car door.  The next thing Ronnie knew, he was staring at the pavement.

 

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1.  Can you list five things Ronnie did wrong today?  What should he have done instead?

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

    d.   ___________________________________________

    e.   ___________________________________________

 

2.  Do you know what an emergency is?  List three things that might be considered an emergency.

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

 

3.  What is the first thing you should do in an emergency?

    ______________________________________________________________________

 

4.  If someone is hurt in a car crash, what should you do?

    a.  do not move the person unless he is in further danger

    b.  keep the person warm, and, if awake, keep him still

    c.  give him a snack

    d.  call 9-1-1

 

 

5.  In an emergency it is perfectly natural to be scared.  After you've dialed the emergency number for your area, what are some things you could do that would make it easier to explain what has happened?

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

    d.   ___________________________________________

    e.   ___________________________________________

 

6.  Can you name four things your bicycle should come equipped with to make if safe for you to ride?

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

    d.   ___________________________________________

 

7.  Which of these is incorrect?   When riding your bicycle:

    a.  use proper hand signals for turning

    b.  stop at intersections

    c.  ride on the left side of the road against traffic

    d.  don't ride at night

 

8.  When you get in a car, what's the first thing you should do?

    ________________________________________________________________________________________

 

9.  It is easy to get over-heated when you've been playing outside in the hot sun.  What are some things you could do to protect yourself?

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

    d.   ___________________________________________

 

10.  Which of these situations might result in a swimming accident:

    a.  swimming by yourself

    b.  diving in an unsafe or shallow area

    c.  playing games in the water, like pushing or dunking

 

11.  Summer is a great time to go hiking or camping.  Does your family have a first aid kit?  What kinds of things do you think a good first aid kit should have?

    a.   ___________________________________________

    b.   ___________________________________________

    c.   ___________________________________________

    d.   ___________________________________________

    e.   ___________________________________________

 

12.  A lot of people enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and sailing during the summer months.  What is the most important piece of equipment on a boat?

    a.  water bottle

    b.  paddles

    c.  life preserver

    d.  rubber ducky

 

13.  Have you (or your brother or sister) ever had to go to the emergency department?  What happened?  What did you learn from the experience?

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

Last year, two sixth graders, Melissa Ager and Angela Ahnadi, saved the life of their elderly friend, Bill Padgett, who collapsed in a restaurant during an apparent heart attack.  Only hours after learning CPR in a Saturday afternoon class, Melissa and Angela got the chance to put their new, life-saving knowledge into action.   While Angela checked for Mr. Padgett's pulse, Melissa began a series of compressions, quick hand thrusts below the rib cage to keep the heart pumping.  The girls had begun performing CPR when Prince George's County firefighters arrived and took over the rescue.  A spokesman for the fire department confirmed later that Mr. Padgett survived because of the girls' quick, intelligent response.

 

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Material taken from the American College of Emergency Physicians.