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Nov 05

When NOT to call 9-1-1

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 1:47 PM by Kyle Schmidtke

Pierce County receives over 12,000 9-1-1 calls per month.  
It's important to only call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Here are some reasons when you should NOT call 911.

  • For information & directory assistance
  • When you're bored and just want to talk BoyCalling911_thumb.jpg
  • For paying traffic tickets
  • For your pet
  • As a prank

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

What about 9-1-1 prank calls?

It's a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In most places, it's against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.

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