Emergency situations are traumatic, and understandably so. When things go wrong, it is perfectly natural to panic and not think clearly. Remembering an emergency telephone number could therefore be a very tough ask at that point in time.
“Make sure that the most important emergency contact numbers are pre-programmed on your phone, or listed on a piece of paper where anyone in the house can easily see it,” says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Communications and Marketing at Fidelity ADT.
These numbers are not all necessarily for emergency services or for police, she adds. “It can also include people you trust to know that they will come to your aid when you need them.”
Hattingh recommends the following numbers to be saved or put on a list on the wall:
“Putting this list of numbers together can give you a great sense of certainty, knowing that you have the correct contact details available when something goes wrong. Parents can also help their kids be a lot safer and security conscious by teaching them how to remember these important numbers,” says Hattingh.
086 010 0911