Teaching Children 911

Parents, use the following tips when teaching your children the proper way to use 9-1-1 for reporting emergencies:
  • Never say "nine eleven." There is no eleven on a telephone keypad or dial. Always say "nine-one-one."
  • Always call from a safe place. If there is a fire in the house, get out first and then call.
  • Post your address near the phone.
  • Never call 911 as a prank or joke. You could be keeping someone who really needs help from getting it in time. You can also get into trouble.
  • 911 is not for animal emergencies. Call your vet or Brainerd Animal Control at 218-829-0991
  • Call 911 if you think you have an emergency and explain the situation to the dispatcher.
  • If you call 911 by mistake, don't hang up. Explain the mistake to the dispatcher and say there is no emergency.
Call 911 for Emergencies