(HealthDay News) -- Some 240 million calls are made to 911 in the United States each year, says the National Emergency Number Association.
If you or a loved one needs law enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical help, call that number right away.
NENA shares these do's and don'ts for calling 911:
- Do call for true emergencies. If you are unsure if it's an emergency, still call.
- Do your best to stay calm and answer all questions.
- Do know the location of the emergency.
- Do post your home address number clearly.
- Do not just hang up the phone if you call 911 by accident.
- Do not prank call 911. In most states, this is illegal.