In an Emergency Dial 9-1-1!

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Everyone needs to know to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, especially kids. Emergencies can happen at any time and there may not always be an adult around to help. Teaching your children how to use 911 could be one of the most important lessons you’ll ever share.

How to use 9-1-1

Even though most 9-1-1 calls map the caller it is vital that your kids have your street address and phone number memorized. This will ensure the dispatchers send emergency personnel to the correct address and will also provide dispatchers with a callback number in case they are disconnected.

Walk your child through questions that the Communications Officer will ask, including:

  • Where are you located?
  • Where do you live?
  • What type of emergency is this?

Make sure your child knows they should NOT hang up until the Communications Officer says it is OK.

When to call 9-1-1

Dial 9-1-1 in a Medical Emergency:
  • If someone is very sick
  • If someone accidently swallowed poison
  • If someone is choking
  • If someone is bleeding and it won’t stop
  • If someone is unconscious and you can’t wake them
  • If someone has trouble breathing
Dial 9-1-1 if there is an accident and somone could be badly hurt.
Dial 9-1-1 if you are home alone and frightend by a call or a knock on the door.
Dial 9-1-1 if you get lost.
Dail 9-1-1 if there is a fire.
Dial 9-1-1 If you see someone:
  • breaking into a house.
  • stealing from a house, building, or car.
  • Destroying somone else’s property.
  • doing anything agianst the law.

It’s Important to remind children to only dial 9-1-1 if there is a REAL emergency. Also teach your children not to play on the phone. Old phones that are given to children for play should have the battery removed.

Helpful Tip:

Keep a list of Emergency Telephone Numbers near the phone for your children. This list should include 9-1-1, Hospital, Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222, parent’s work phone, parent’s cell phone, and additional contacts.