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Should I Call 9-1-1?


Talk with children about using the 911 number when there is a real emergency. Take time to discuss the meaning of a real emergency (illness, accident, fire). Explain to children that if there is a real emergency and there is no one to help them, they should dial 9-1-1.

  • Give each child precut numbers 9, 1, 1 and let them glue the numbers onto a large piece of paper. Encourage children to trace the numbers with their fingers.
  • Using toy phones, let children practice dialing 9-1-1. Have children practice saying their names and addresses and reporting an emergency to one another.


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