9-1-1 system to save a life.

Follow these guidelines to teach children the proper way to use 9-1-1 to report emergencies:


  • Always call from a safe location. If the house is on fire, get out first and then call from a
    nearby telephone.

  • Teach children their full name and address. And always post your full address near your
    home phone.

  • Teach children to remain as calm as possible when speaking with the 9-1-1 operator so
    they can get the provide the correct information to send help.

  • Wait until the 9-1-1 operator tells you it is okay to hang up the telephone. It is
    common for 9-1-1 operators to keep young callers on the line until help arrives. 9-1-1
    operators are also trained to provide life saving directions to callers during medical

  • If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don't hang up. Tell the 9-1-1 operator there is no
    emergency and you dialed by accident. If you hang up before speaking with the
    operator, they could send emergency crews to your location needlessly.

Do not...

  • Do not call 9-1-1 as a joke or prank. You can get into serious trouble. More
    importantly, you can delay someone else getting the help they need in an emergency.

  • Do not hang up the telephone until the 9-1-1 operator tells you it is okay to do so.

  • Do not call 9-1-1 for animal emergencies. Call the ASPCA or your police department's
    non-emergency number for assistance (732-251-2121).

  • Do not call 9-1-1 for noisy neighbors, loud music, or barking dogs. Again, call the local
    police station.

Please save 9-1-1 for real emergencies!

The non-emergency number for the Spotswood Police Department is 732-251-2121,
and the Fire Department's is 732-251-3460

Source: FDNY