Teaching Children About Calling 911

While many children are familiar with dialing 911 in an emergency situation, they often do not know other important information, such as their address or how to reach a parent at work. Here is some of the most important information children need to know about calling 911.
  • Teach your children their names, their parents' names, their home address and their phone number.
  • Teach your children the name of your employer and phone number.
  • Teach your children what an emergency is and when to call 911.
  • Teach your children how to hold the phone properly so that they can speak clearly to the dispatcher.
  • Teach your children that it is against the law to call 911 as a joke or prank.
  • Teach your children not to be afraid to call 911 if there is any doubt as to whether they should.
  • Teaching your children to call you at work before calling 911 wastes valuable time. Give them permission to call 911 if they think there is an emergency.