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What You Should Know About Dialing 9-1-1
9-1-1 is the fastest, most reliable way to get help in an emergency. When seconds count...when they literally make the difference between life and death, this easy to remember three digit number provides immediate access to emergency personnel. As soon as the operator determines what is happening and where - help is on the way, even if we continue to ask further questions.
However, when people abuse 9-1-1 or tie up phone lines with non-emergency calls, someone who really needs help may not be able to get through. Don't put lives in danger. Know when to "Make the Right Call."
Some people aren't sure when to dial 9-1-1. 9-1-1 is for real emergency situations - when a response from police, fire or medical personnel is needed immediately.
For serious medical problems
To report an accident
To report a fire
To stop a crime in progress or about to occur
When life or property is endangered
Do Not Call 9-1-1
For directory assistance
For routine police business
For weather information
Non-emergency utility problems
To complain about barking dogs or loud stereos
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