HOW TO USE 911
Review these proactive tips, share with your children and feel confident you will be prepared in the event of an emergency!
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
The best way to handle an emergency is to be prepared for one. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help you stay in control so that you can help. Here are some suggestions on how to be ready to help in an emergency:
It's scary to think about someone getting hurt. But the truth is that accidents can and do happen. They happen when people are being careless and when they're careful. Sometimes, kids are the ones who get hurt. Sometimes, adults get hurt. Either way, it's good to know what to do if someone needs emergency medical help.
You can make a big difference by doing the right thing.
HOW TO USE 911
Emergencies don't happen very often. But when they do, you want to get help fast. No one wants to spend time looking up the phone number. That's why 911 was created — to make it easy. In the United States and Canada, dialing 911 on your phone is the fastest way you can get help for yourself or someone else.
Not too long ago, people had to find the right phone number in an emergency. If there was a fire, people phoned the fire department. If there was a crime, people called the police. If someone got hurt, an ambulance had to be called. Finding a number for any of these emergency workers could be very confusing — especially if a person was in a hurry or in an unfamiliar area.
Today, it's as simple as dialing 911. With those three numbers, you can reach the fire department, the police, or an ambulance. When you call 911, an emergency operator — called a dispatcher — immediately connects you to the person you need.
WHEN IT'S JUST YOU
Calling 911 is the most important thing you can do in an emergency.
If you're going to be the one making the emergency phone call, here's what to do:
After calling for help, your first thought might be to rush over to the person who's injured. But stop and look before you do. Make sure the scene is safe. If it's not, wait in a safe spot until emergency teams arrive.
References: KidsHealth.org | USFA