Teaching children appropriate use of the 9-1-1 system is as important as teaching them how to place a 9-1-1 call. Parents should also be aware that wireless phones without a current calling plan through a wireless service provider are still capable of connecting a call to a local 9-1-1 center.
Children should be told not to dial 911 from these old, or uninitialized phones with a charged battery, as a live call will be connected with the local 9-1-1 call center. If a child dials 9-1-1 when no emergency exists, do not hang up—that could make 9-1-1 officials think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to the location. Instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.
A child who knows how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency could save a life. Teach your child how to call 9-1-1 and tell dispatchers the location of the emergency. Parents can use the following safety tips to teach their children the proper way to use 9-1-1 to report emergencies: