By calling Emergency 911 you can save a life, stop a crime or report a fire. However, there are certain situations when calling 911 can actually endanger someone else’s life. That’s why it’s important to know when it’s appropriate to call 911, and when to contact local non-emergency authorities. Only Call 911 when you need to:
- Save a Life.
- Stop a Crime.
- Report a Fire.
Nearly ten percent of all calls made to 911 are non-emergency calls. There are even some 911 call centers reporting non-emergency calls as high as 40 percent. These calls occupy emergency lines and can threaten the security of another caller. Non-emergency calls include calls regarding roadside assistance, civil disputes, road conditions, power loss, animal issues, travel directions and thefts that have already occurred.