When should I call 911?

You should call 911 for emergencies such as: 

  • A crime is occurring and you need the police
  • Someone has been seriously hurt and you need an ambulance
  • There is a fire or you see smoke
  • There is a traffic accident
  • Someone's life is in danger
  • Any other emergency

If you are unsure if something is an emergency, call 911. Ask yourself if there is a danger to a person or property. Some more examples of emergencies when you should call 911 are:

  • Someone is breaking into my neighbor's car
  • I can hear my neighbors yelling and fighting
  • A pot on my stove is on fire
  • My mother just cut her hand and she is bleeding a lot 

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1. What is 911?
2. When should I call 911?
3. What should I do when I call 911?
4. What if I call 911 by accident?
5. What if I need help, but it's not an emergency?
6. When should I not call 911?
7. What if I don't speak English?
8. What if I am speech or hearing-impaired and need to call 911?
9. Cell Phones and 911