Emergencies happen and when they do it’s important to know how to act. 911 is definitely the quickest way to call for help. But when is 911 the right answer?
Dialing 911 gives you immediate access to the fire department, an ambulance, and assistance from your local police.
So what constitutes an emergency and what does not?
Obviously a fire in your home, an intruder, or someone unconscious would warrant the dialing of 911 and seeking emergency help. But oftentimes people abuse the use of this number with petty issues that are better solved by the individual, a scheduled doctor’s appointment, a flat tire, or even a direct call to your local police department.
Examples of the latter would be things such as a stolen bicycle, a lost pet, or a cut on your finger.
Furthermore it is important to understand that a flagrant misuse of 911 such as pranks can result in charges being filed against the guilty party.
When calling 911 it is important to know your location. While many calls can now be traced, there are still times when the dispatcher will require an address from whomever is making the call.
Questions to Know
- Where are you calling from?
- What type of emergency is it?
- Who needs assistance?
Stay calm when you make the call and be prepared to receive instruction from the dispatcher including first-aid instructions.
Always remember as well, that sometimes you may need emergency medical attention but driving yourself or the person affected is a viable option. When that happens be sure to visit us at Beaumont Emergency Hospital.