What is 911? Well kids, that is a very good and important question! 911 is a set of numbers that are dialed in case of an emergency. Your next question may be, what is an emergency? Another fantastic question I will answer! An emergency is a true life or death situation in which you need emergency services such as the fire department, police, or EMS. What instances would be considered an emergency to utilize the 911 system? I shall gladly give you some examples!
House is on fire = fire dept = 911
Cardiac Arrest = EMS = 911
Burglary = Police = 911
CO/Gas = fire dept = 911
Rapid blood loss = EMS = 911
Domestic violence = Police = 911
Major Car Crash = All 3 = 911
Now, just to clarify in case there is some fogginess still in existence, I shall give some example of times when NOT to call 911
Feeling queasy = Non-emergency = no 911
Paper cut = Non-emergency = no 911
Nose bleed = Non-emergency = no 911
Rug burn = Non-emergency = no 911
Small fever = Non-emergency = no 911
Hang nail = Non-emergency = no 911
Sunburn = Non-emergency = no 911
Cat in tree = Non-emergency = no 911
If you are still in doubt as to when to dial 911, ask yourself a few questions such as:
~Are there any immediate threats that may result in death?
~Am I able to drive to the hospital myself or take a bus, ask a friend, or take a cab?
~Can I be cured with a band-aid, Pack of ice, Pepto Bismol, and/or Rest?
~Does it require big hoses or hefty equipment, or huge ladders?
~Will someone need to be handcuffed, tazered, or shot?
Let me put it out there that EVERY emergency facility does have a NON-EMERGENCY phone number. I hope that I have clarified what 9-1-1 actually is, and how and when to utilize it properly. when in doubt, DON’T dial…seriously. Please. I mean it.