Did you know that the phone number “9-1-1” was first announced in 1968 as the “emergency code” throughout the United States?
By 1987, 50% of the US population had access to this emergency phone number.
To date, roughly 96% of the US population is covered by 9-1-1.
The purpose of National 9-1-1 Education Month is to spread awareness of the importance of calling 9-1-1 and to teach our population, children and adults included, about how to properly utilize this emergency system.
“A 9-1-1 emergency is when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger.”
What types of questions might a 9-1-1 dispatcher ask you?
- Type of emergency
- Your location
- Is it a medical emergency?
- If so, what care is being provided?
- How many people are involved?
- What is your relation to the ill or injured person?
- A 9-1-1 dispatcher can even walk you through the steps of hands-only CPR
You can now text 9-1-1 for help (but calling is still preferred).
Remember, if there is a true emergency at hand, don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1, and you should call, as quickly as possible. Calling 9-1-1 in a timely manner can help save someone’s life.
And if there are any kids reading this post, please remember to never call 9-1-1 as a joke, because you could be taking up the dispatcher’s precious time when instead, they could be answering a life-saving call.
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