When to Call 911

When to Call 911

9-1-1 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department, or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. It's better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.

Do not call 9-1-1:

  • For information
  • For directory assistance
  • For paying traffic tickets
  • For your pet
  • As a prank

If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the person taking the call what happened, so they know there isn't an actual emergency.

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