Seconds count during an emergency. Everyone needs to use 9-1-1 properly to get help quickly during a fire, medical emergency, or crime. This is especially true for children. It is very important to teach your children how to correctly use the 9-1-1 system. It could very well save a life!
Follow these guidelines to teach your children the proper way to use 9-1-1 to report emergencies:
Always call from a safe location. If the house is on fire, get out first and then call from a nearby phone.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don't hang up. Tell the 9-1-1 operator there is no emergency and you dialed by accident. If you hang up before speaking with the operator, he or she could send emergency crews to your location needlessly.
Teach children their full name and address. And always post your full address near your home phone.
Teach children to remain as calm as possible when speaking with the 9-1-1 operator so they can get the correct information to send help.
Wait until the 9-1-1 operator tells you it is okay to hang up the telephone. It is common for 9-1-1 operators to keep young callers on the line until help arrives.
Do not call 9-1-1 as a joke or prank. You can get into serious trouble. More importantly, you can delay others getting the help they need in an emergency.
Do not call 9-1-1 for animal emergencies. Call Edmond Animal Welfare at (405) 216-7615
Do not call 9-1-1 for noisy neighbors, loud music, or barking dogs. Instead call (405) 359-4338.
Do not hang up the phone until the 9-1-1 operator tells you it is okay to do so.