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Somebody call 911

These are words no one ever wants to say or hear. The fact remains, that you may. I know this for 911 safety tipstwo reasons – I have had to call 911 (several times) and I used to be a 911 dispatcher (ambulance only). There are more than a few things I learned about calling 911 while working for them that I otherwise would not have ever known, and I am going to pass that knowledge on to you, dear reader.  Most are common sense. So….onto the Safety Saturday Tips!!!

– Learn and teach nine-one-one, not 911. Silly for me to say, I know, but in a true crisis, people say some really strange things, and sometimes logic goes right out the window. It is nine-one-one. Not nine-eleven. There is no nine-eleven on the phone.

– Remain calm. It is hard. I KNOW it is hard. You (possibly) will want to cry, scream and will someone to get to you faster. I assure you, they are on the way before you even know it.  If you are calm, the dispatcher can help you help the person in need. Being calm will also help you to…..

– State your address and phone number clearly. Usually your address will show up because it is linked to your phone number and you may only need to verify it. Unless technology has changed, this only holds true for a land line. If you call 911 on your cell phone, no address comes through.

– Answer the questions asked of you, no matter how dumb they may seem. Yes, the dispatcher heard you say that someone has sliced their leg open something horrible and can even hear them screaming in the background. So when you are asked if they are conscious, answer the question. When they ask if they are breathing, answer the question. When they ask if they have a pulse, answer the question (I will explain more about this later).

– Follow the directions the dispatcher gives you. And please, no matter what…..

– DO NOT HANG UP! Please. Unless the dispatcher tells you to.

A couple of other things that can be helpful –

– Make sure your street address is clear on your home or property or both.

– For each person in the home have a list of medications and any allergies written down and keep it  in an easily accessible  place. The paramedics will want this.

– If able, open the door to help identify the home.

– If there is more than one person besides the person in need, send them outside (if there is someone there who is in a panic, they are a good person to send outside to wait for help).

– Assure the person in need that help is on the way.

While the tips above are specific to medical assistance, I am pretty sure they would translate over to police and fire.

Some tips just for kids.

– Teach them nine-one-one, your address and phone number. ParkingPal’s Emergency phone list can be a good tool to keep handy.

– If someone in the home has a medical condition, teach them that as well.

– Set up a 911 drill at home (without actually calling). The main reason to make sure they know the address.

– Check if your city has any kind of Safety Day. If they do, take your kids and let them meet your city’s police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and EMT’s. Let them get to know them as real people and not just cool cars with the lights and sirens. Because Emergency Vehicles are cool, until one gets behind you with the lights going because you were driving just a little too fast on the highway, not that I know that from experience.


Please keep in mind that different counties probably have different 911 systems, and what I say may not be correct for your county – I am only familiar with one type. The system I used had computer generated questions based on the initial complaint. The system would not let us go onto the next question without an answer. The first questions being breathing, pulse and consciousness. Because these are the MOST IMPORTANT ONES (for a medical emergency) Again, I do not know if all emergency systems work this same way.

Phone Home

Do you remember being young and having to learn your phone number and address? It was like, a whole big deal at our school. A whole safety week where we made a small village in our gym. It had roads, and trees, and stop signs and I think even little cars. It was AWESOME! And during this safety week, we learned all things ‘Safe’.

– Stranger Danger

– Bike Safety

– Fire Safety

– How-to-cross-the-road Safety

– 911 Safety

This was back when cell phone literally did not exist and we still had a rotary phone. So when we had to learn our phone number, we only had to learn one number. It was THE number to know. I still know it. It is one of the few that I retain in my memory. I have about…..oh three of them there. Our home number, my best friend’s parents number (from when we were children) and my cell phone number. That is it. These are the only phone numbers I remember. Not my husband’s, not my mother’s, not my daughter’s, not my sister’s or my brother’s. I do not know any of my doctor’s phone numbers, or the pharmacy, the dentist or the vet. Do you see what I am trying to say….in the event that I lost my cell phone, or locked it (with my keys) in my car, there would only be one place I could call. Home.

My Safety Saturday tip – give your child(ren) a Home number to call. I am not saying to go out and get a land line if you only use cell phones. But teach them One number that is their Home Base number. If you are a stay at home parent, and you have a land line, you could use that. If you have two working parents, choose one cell phone as a home base. I don’t think there is anything wrong with teaching kids several numbers – home, work, grandma’s or aunt’s – I do believe it is wise to give them a main one to try first. One that gets so embedded into their tiny little sponge-like brains, that they will remember it….forever. Or at least until they stop locking their cell phone AND their keys in their car.

Safety Saturday

How many important phone numbers do you have memorized?  How about your kids?  Most of us have the numbers for friends and family  plugged right into our phone.  What if something happens and you want to call the police or fire department, but it’s not a 911 emergency?  Do you know that number?  Do you have the poison control number handy?  If your like most of us, the answer is NO!  Many of us don’t know the important numbers that we should….and our kids definitely don’t know them.  But no worries, we have a simple solution for you!

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