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9-1-1 Tips for Kids
  • Make sure your child can say their first and last names and provide their address or location.
  • Explain the different emergencies that might require your child to call 911, such as:
    • Fire
    • Medical emergency
    • Car accident
    • Stranger danger

      Ensure that your child understands that 911 should only be called if there is an actual emergency. It should never be called for practice, as a joke or for any other non-emergency reason. Doing so could prevent 911 dispatchers from quickly responding to someone in a real emergency situation.
  • Show your child the steps for calling 911 on your mobile phone.
    If you have a security lock on your phone's Home screen, teach your child how to unlock it.
  • Go over your mobile phone's keypad several times to help your child become familiar with making a call.
    Have your child practice making a phone call from your mobile phone by calling a family member or friend. Remember not to actually call 911 with your child, unless it's an emergency.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
    The more repetition you can provide, the easier it will be for your child to recall the steps, even in a stressful emergency situation.
  • Do not let your children play with old mobile phones.
    Because old mobile phones are still able to dial 9-1-1 even if they are not active with a wireless carrier, they should not be used as a toy.
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