Non-emergency 911 calls on the rise

Sault Ste. Marie OPP are reminding residents once again, about the proper usage of 911. This is coming with another ramp-up of non-emergency calls, pocket dials, hang-ups and kids playing with their parent’s phone. Constable Terry Chitaroni told us if you catch your child playing with the phone… it’s good to have the chat.

The OPP says anyone who is need of emergency services for Police, Fire or Ambulance should call 911.

Tips for 911 safety:

If you accidentally call 911, do not hang up the phone. Stay on the line and tell the operator what happened. The operator will need to know exactly where you are so the police can verify that the 911 call was accidental. Remember that if you call 911 by accident or mistakenly use it in a non-urgent situation, you’re not in trouble with the police. However, officers will need to check on you to verify there is no emergency. Lock your cell phone when it is in your pocket or your purse.

Do not let your children play with your phone. They may inadvertently call 911 and not be able to tell you what they have done. Old cell phones that still have a battery in them are capable of calling 911 even if there is no plan attached. Use 1-888-310-1122 for non-emergencies.