Teaching children how to react in emergencies is incredibly important. Their knowledge of what to do could mean the difference between life and death.
One New Hampshire family is counting their blessings after a fire recently destroyed their home. Some quick thinking kept the whole family safe.
John Holt was working on chores around the house one Sunday afternoon. After cutting the grass, he put the lawn mower back into the barn.
He went inside the home, and shortly later noticed that something was off. “I came inside and about 20 minutes later, I was in the living room and smelled smoke,” said Holt.
He bolted outside and found a roaring fire in the barn. The barn was attached to the house, so he knew it was only a matter of time before the flames spread.
Holt dialed 911, and handed the phone to his 8-year-old son Harrison. The little boy talked to the operator and explained what was going on.
It dawned on Harrison that his little sister was still in the house. He calmly ran inside and brought her to their designated meeting spot.
Thankfully, their 5-year-old brother was already waiting at the location. When Holt realized that there was nothing he could do to combat the flames, he went and stood with his kids.
The 8-year-old was made an honorary fireman and even received a badge to prove it. Holt and his wife are grateful that Harrison saved his sister’s life.
They encourage parents to make an emergency response plan with their family. You never know when a disaster could strike, so it’s best to be prepared.