At any given time an emergency situation can occur within your home. Teaching your child how to call 911 can save your life or a family member’s life, in an event of an emergency. You can start teaching your child how to dial 911 as soon as they can play with a phone. Below are tips that can assist you in teaching your child how to call 911.
- Teach your child when to call 911 and to know their location at the time of the call.
- Teach your child to use the home phone before using a cell phone. When using a home phone your address will automatically be displayed to the 911 dispatcher.
- Teach your child not to hang-up the phone until told to do so. Typically, 911 dispatchers will keep the child on the line until emergency personnel respond.
- Teach your child to remain calm when giving information to the 911 dispatcher.
- Stress to your child how important it is not to make things up. A child may see the dispatcher’s questions as a quiz and feel they might let someone down if they don’t know the answer. Teach your child to say “I don’t know”.
- Have your child practice dialing 911 on an unplugged phone. Ask your child questions a dispatcher would ask in an event of an emergency.
- Teach your child when to call 911. Use concepts like, when an adult can’t wake up, a fire in the home, or an intruder in the home.
- Stress to your child not to call 911 as a joke. It is a crime in many places and a citation could be issued.
- Deputy Jodi Wolfe