The Nannyplus Blog

STAYING SAFE IN AN EMERGENCY

November 30th, 2015

The attacks on Paris have shocked everyone. Not only is it close to home, but it’s also the kind of random attack that strikes fear into your heart and has you looking over your shoulder at every turn. Following some simple safety precautions can help you avoid trouble and speed up getting help in an emergency.
Prepare

  •  Teach children as soon as they can speak their name, their age and what town they come from. Older children should be encouraged to memorise their address and a contact number. Tell them to look for people in uniform or other people with children.
  • Play sleeping lions. If you can stay still and quiet your chances of surviving are much improved. Games like sleeping lions can help practice this in a non-threatening situation, especially if you make it harder by trying to catch them out.
  • Display your emergency contact information on the locked screen of your phone – this means you can be identified even if badly hurt or unconscious.
  • Know the 7 signs of terrorism – surveillance (people watching, filming or taking photographs of unusual places or high risk targets), elicitation (people asking questions about security, police presence or military activity), tests of security (people attempting to break in or circumvent security measures), acquiring supplies (buying materials that could be used to make bombs, military gear or protective clothing in large quantities), suspicious persons out of place, trial runs (rehearsing a terrorist attack with co-ordinated movements or attempting to place dummy bombs by leaving a suitcase or bag behind), deploying assets (the final stage before a terrorist attack happens where the terrorists move themselves and their equipment from safe houses or storage into position).

Before heading out

  •  Label children with their first name and your contact telephone number. You can write on their hand in biro and seal it with liquid bandage such as Elastoplast, TCP or Boots own brand spray plasters.
  • Ensure that you can dial 999 from your mobile when it is locked.
  • Check the news before leaving, and be sensible if you see there is police activity in any area while out and about.

On the street

  • Stay alert. If you see anything suspicious in your street or local area, or when out, contact the police. It may be the missing piece of a puzzle.
  • Scout out the emergency exits when you enter a building and as you move around. Always have an escape plan in your mind.
  • Take care of your personal belongings. False alerts waste valuable police time, and you wouldn’t want your handbag blown up.

If the worst happens:

  • Run if you can – try to stay low and force yourself to move fast rather than freeze up with fear.
  • If you’re trapped, seek shelter but don’t back yourself into a corner. Abandon any bags or buggies that might slow you down and get behind something or down low.
  • Have strategies in mind to keep children calm and quiet such as whispering familiar nursery rhymes or even giving them a sweet.
  • Alert the authorities only if you have escaped – if you’re in a public place other people will have managed to get away. If you’re trapped your priority is hiding and staying quiet.
  • If you’re in a different room try to barricade the door. Lie facedown on the floor (this protects your vital organs) and cover your head with your hands.
  • When exiting the building stay calm and keep your hands visible. Get a safe distance away before trying to contact your loved ones to tell them you’re safe.

Courtesy of Nannyjob Nov 2015


Ofsted info – easy to use guides for registration and inspection

November 19th, 2015

Two really useful links to assist with Ofsted from British association of Professional nannies
1) how to register
2) what to expect at inspection

http://www.bapn.org.uk/…/upl…/file/OFSTED%20registration.pdf

http://www.bapn.org.uk/…/file/OFSTED%20inspection%202015.pdf


Dangers of Button Batteries

November 10th, 2015

The dangers of Button Batteries.
The Child Accident prevention Trust (CAPT) have sent out a timely reminder in time for Christmas about the danger to children from button batteries.
Q: Would you even know where to find a Button battery?
A: Button batteries are found in many everyday household objects such as car key fobs, musical greetings cards, children’s books and toys, and even in children’s thermometers.
Very few parents know that a button battery, if swallowed, can kill a child in a matter of hours, and perhaps surprisingly, it’s not through choking.
The most serious cases are associated with Lithium button batteries larger than 20mm (the size of a 10 pence piece) which can cause severe injury within two hours, and they do not have to be damaged, crushed or chewed to cause serious harm – the electrical charge from the battery creates caustic soda inside the body, which can burn a hole through the throat and major blood vessels and children can bleed to death, even a week after surgical intervention.
Dr Parkins, a lead consultant for the Central Manchester University Hospital Trust region’s Paediatric Intensive Care Transport Service, is calling for a national campaign to highlight the dangers.
The consultant at also wants to raise medical awareness “because a lot of doctors are unaware that this can cause harm either”.
If you find a toy or device with a battery missing or you suspect your child might have swallowed a battery, look out for these symptoms:
•nausea and vomiting
•fever
•coughing
•abdominal pain
•breathing problems
•diarrhea
•discolored or bloody stool
•irritability
•throat pain
•refusal to eat or drink
Follow these guidelines either if your child HAS swallowed a battery, or if you even THINK that they have.
Really this is a case of when it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
•Call 999 or go to A&E immediately.
•Do NOT try to induce vomiting (the button battery can cause as much harm on the way up as it did on the way down).
•Don’t let your child eat or drink.
•Tell the doctors that you believe your child swallowed a button battery. An X-ray will be done to see if the battery is in your child’s body.
•Understand that if a battery is stuck in your child’s body, it has to be removed to prevent further injury.


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