Social Media Posts Urge Americans to Call Incorrect Emergency Number
Friday, February 22, 2013
Posted by: Chris Nussman
You may have seen recent posts on social media sites
urging people in the U.S. to dial 1-1-2 rather than 9-1-1 in certain
emergencies. This is bad advice.
The posts claim that 1-1-2 is especially effective if you
are being pulled over in your car and want to ensure that you are dealing
with the police. It also claims that by dialing1-1-2, your call
will be answered faster and may go directly to the police.
Here are the facts:
FACT: 1-1-2 is the European
emergency number. Several wireless providers offer mobile phones that can use
either system for emergency calls, depending on the user’s location.
FACT: While dialing 1-1-2 in the
United States may work on certain devices and on certain wireless networks, the
only way to ensure that your call for emergency assistance gets through is to
dial 9-1-1. When a caller tries to use
1-1-2 in the United States, the call may not go through. Even if it does, 1-1-2 provides no special
emergency call handling – in fact, it adds a delay due to it having to be
converted to "9-1-1” and then routed to the appropriate 9-1-1 call center.
FACT: No one should ever call 1-1-2 just to "test” if it works; you’ll tie up public
safety resources and waste valuable time for people facing real emergencies.
The bottom line is
that anyone calling for emergency assistance in the United States or Canada
should always dial 9-1-1 for the fastest and most effective response.
For more tips on proper 9-1-1 usage, visit http://www.nena.org/tips.
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