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911 Tips from Newton County Sheriff's Office

911 Tips from Newton County Sheriff's Office


A lot of people don’t realize it but the one type of call we respond to most is 911 Hang-Ups. This is where someone calls 911 and immediately hangs up their phone OR calls 911 and stays on the line but doesn’t know it.

We understand that accidents happen but there are ways to keep from accidentally calling 911.

Before you put it in your pocket, lock it. Keep your cellphone locked so it doesn’t dial 911.

Do not allow young children to play with your cellphone.

Even if a cellphone no longer has a service plan, it will still call 911. Take the batteries out of unused cellphones before allow children to play with them.

Teach children about 911 and when to use it.

Sitting on your cellphone for a long period of time will probably call 911, so move it somewhere else.

If you dial 911 by mistake, or if a child in your home dials 911 when no emergency exists, do not hang up – instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.

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