What Emergency Phone Numbers Should I Know?

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Having a list of emergency phone numbers available in your home helps you make important phone calls quickly without delaying to search for the number. This especially is helpful for babysitters, friends and relatives you rely on to watch your children, pets or house.

What Emergency Phone Numbers Should I Know?
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Everyone in your home, even children, should to know to dial 911 to contact the police and fire departments. If you believe someone is vandalizing your property, trying to break in or you discover you have been robbed, the first thing you need to do is contact the police. It’s also important to be able to contact the fire department by dialing 911 as quickly as possible.

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If you or someone in your family takes too much medication, or consumes or comes in contact with some toxic substance, immediately call a poison control center to get immediate assistance. The operator will contact an ambulance and ask a series of questions to instruct you on what to do (or not do) before help arrives. For example, vomiting is safe when ingesting some poisonous substances, but inducing vomiting is unsafe if you’ve ingested others.

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Your doctor’s phone number should be among your list of emergency phone numbers, especially if you have children or are under a doctor's care for a chronic condition that requires monitoring of your health on a daily basis. Even if you suffer a setback that requires a visit to the emergency room or a hospital stay, your primary physician or specialist will want to keep emergency teams informed of your condition.

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List the work numbers for everyone in your residence in case there is an emergency. Some occupations do not allow employees to have cell phones turned on during the work so providing an office number is essential.

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If you routinely have someone come into your home to care for your children, pets or house while you’re away, it’s important they are able to contact you immediately during an emergency. Provide a cell-phone number or a contact number for someone who can act on your behalf, such as a relative.

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