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A wreck can be scary, especially if you're alone and injured.

Last week I wrote a story about an 11-year-old Victoria boy who was awarded the Medal of Heroism by The American Legion Post 166 for rescuing his family out of a burning vehicle. The car he was traveling in crashed head-on with another vehicle, rolled into a ditch and caught fire. When everything settled he was the only one awake, he had a third-degree seatbelt burn on his chest and cuts all over his body.

While writing the article one thought continued to cross my mind; how did that child know what to do in the face of danger?

While every accident is unique, Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Fox weighed in a few tips to better prepare readers on what to do in an accident:

1. Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and what sort of conditions you're in will help 911 operators serve you. Also, paying attention to other vehicles on the road and fire hazard may prevent another accident from happening.

2. Call 911. Dispatch operators do more than send emergency service workers to the scene of an accident; the operators also can lend advice on how to service a wound.

3. Look for help.

4. If a child is in a car seat, do not take them out of the seat. Fox said keeping the child in the seat will save time once emergency medical services arrive.

5. Keep a emergency kit in the car. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, an emergency kit should include; a flashlight and extra batteries, a folding shovel, jumper cables, a set of tire chains, fuses, Tools: pliers, flat and Phillips-head screwdrivers and an adjustable wrench, a wool blanket, all the necessary fluids for your car, fire extinguisher, road flares, gloves, wool socks and a pair of boots, electrical and duct tape, WD-40,a knife and bright cloth. Other things to consider are; non-perishable food items and a can opener, rain gear, pillows, snacks and water.

What are your safety tips? Share them below.