First Aid

Preparing For Emergencies at Home


To be ready for an emergency at home

  • Keep important information about yourself and your family in a handy place. Include your address, everyone’s date of birth, health card numbers, medical conditions, allergies, and prescriptions and dosages.
  • List the names and phone numbers of your doctors.
  • Post the numbers for the police, fire department, emergency medical services (EMS), and Poison Control Centre near every phone in your home and save these numbers in your mobile phone’s contacts list.
  • Teach children how to call for help.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them regularly.
  • Keep first aid kits handy in your home and car. Make sure everyone in the family knows where they are and what is in them.
  • Review and practice the first aid skills that you learn so that you will have the confidence and knowledge to respond in an emergency. Most communities are served by the emergency telephone numbers, search online or in your local phone directory for the numbers of the police department, fire department, and EMS system. Also include the number for your provincial or territorial Poison Control Centre’s hotline on your list. Teach everyone in your home how and when to use these numbers. Take steps to make it easier for EMS personnel and others to help you, should an emergency occur.
  • Make sure your house or apartment number is large, easy to read, and well-lit at all times. Numerals (e.g., “87”) are easier to see and read than words (e.g., “eighty-seven”).
  • Keep relevant medical information, such as a list of the medications that each family member takes, in an accessible place at home and when you go out (e.g., on the refrigerator door and in your wallet or mobile phone).
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices can display emergency contacts. The letters “ICE” (for “In Case of Emergency”) may appear in the phone’s contacts list next to the name of a doctor, spouse, or other important contact. Assigning “ICE” to a contact allows emergency personnel to reach someone who knows important facts about the ill or injured person. If the mobile phone has been programmed to include the ICE contact with a “0” in front, it will appear as the first contact in the person’s list If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, or allergies, consider wearing a medical identification product to alert EMS personnel of your condition in case you are unable to do so.
  • There are also applications you can use to create digital identification tags in your mobile phone. These tags can be viewed even when your phone is locked, and so can provide important information in an emergency (such as your medical conditions, blood type, and emergency contact details).
  • In a life-threatening emergency, every second counts. By preparing for emergencies, you can help ensure that care begins as soon as possible— for yourself, a family member, a co-worker, or a member of your community.


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