Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why False Emergency Calls Affect Everyone

9-1-1 plays a very vital role in helping save lives, but this simple number can often be used for false emergency calls, which leads to clogged phone lines and slower response times for actual emergencies. It is important for the public to realize when to call 9-1-1 and when not to call 9-1-1 so that more lives are saved and response times are quicker.

A false emergency call is when somebody calls 9-1-1 just to ask something or speak about something that is not an emergency. A hoax call is when someone deliberately contacts emergency services and tell them there is an emergency when there really is no actual emergency. Other examples of false emergency calls include children playing unknowingly, hang-ups and calls where people call and just remain silent on the phone. All of these types of phone calls slow down the process of responding to real emergencies. This is why it is so important that we educate children and adults on the responsibilities of dialing 9-1-1.

As a child, you don’t realize how serious playing around with 9-1-1 can potentially be, which is why Cell Phone Sally strives to educate children on the role 9-1-1 plays in society and that playing around with something so sensitive could potentially delay real help for someone else. Emergency services are not something that anyone wants to fool around with and we all must hold it sacred, because it could be what helps us in a time of need one day.

Make a pact with Cell Phone Sally today to help educate at least one adult or child on the importance of 9-1-1! Share these tips and spread the word so we can make emergency services more responsive and productive than ever!

·         If there is a fire, a car crash, or a crime in progress

·         If there is a medical emergency such as someone not being able to breathe or move, or is bleeding profusely

·         If there is a non-medical emergency like a scraped knee or a stubbed toe

·         For fun: 9-1-1 is not a joke, REMEMBER it is put in place to help save lives!
Check out this short video on our youtube site too!

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