Although doctors call summertime “trauma season” due to the number of heat-related incidents, emergencies happen all year long. Unfortunately, few of us think much about emergencies until we’re in the midst of one, feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Knowing what to expect will help you efficiently render help where and when it’s needed.
Must-Know Emergency Essentials
When to call 911:
People often hesitate to call 911 because they don’t know whether the medical situation warrants it. Yet certain conditions, like a stroke, are time-sensitive and waiting too long could have serious consequences.
With emotions running high, don’t think about driving the patient to the hospital yourself. This endangers the lives of others on the road and wastes valuable time because ambulances have the equipment and trained staff to administer life-supporting treatments on the spot.
Here are a few major reasons to call 911:
- Chest pain
- Heart attack
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden slurred speech
- Sudden blindness
- Serious burns
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Broken bones visible through an open wound
Four surprising facts about calling 911 from your cell phone:
It’s estimated that between 30 to 50 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones, but there are a few differences when using it versus your landline.
- Be specific about your location. When you call from a landline, the address and phone number automatically display on the screen. When you call from a cell, the operator may have an idea where the call is coming from, but it’s often not exact. The accuracy depends on the strength of the signal and the type of cell service you have. Newer phones can get close to the exact location, but with older phones a cell tower address comes up. Even the most precise location is only within 100 feet. That’s fine for most situations, but if calling from an apartment complex, it might not be enough information for emergency personnel to find you. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, give plenty of details like a cross street, landmark, or even nearby businesses, which are often included in the 911 operator’s map system.
- Provide your cell number. If you get disconnected they can call you back.
- Don’t program 911 into your cell. When you program your phone to automatically dial 911 when a single key is pressed, it can result in unintentional calls that further burden an already overloaded system.
- You can call 911 from unactivated cell phones. Wireless carriers are required to complete 911 calls even when the phone is not activated. Any phone that turns on and can receive a signal can make a 911 call. The problem is if the phone you’re using isn’t activated, there isn’t a phone number assigned to it. That means if you’re disconnected, you must call 911 back. They won’t have a way to call you.
Whether calling from a landline or cell phone, always stay calm, speak slowly and clearly, and let the dispatcher guide the conversation. You may never need to make a 911 call, but with these tips in mind you’ll be better prepared if you do.
Let OfficeZilla Help You Be Ready for Emergencies
You can also prepare by making sure your home and office are equipped for emergencies large and small. OfficeZilla can help.
We’ve got everything from hand sanitizers and first aid kits to defibrillators and much more. Don’t be caught off guard. A little preparation today can make sure you’re ready for anything that comes your way.