May 26—During an emergency, a child may have to dial for help.
It remains an unfortunate but necessary skill that all children need to help save lives. Cobb Police encourages parents to:
— Teach their child their last name, parents' names, home address and phone number.
— Teach their child when to call 911 and discuss what types of situations this may involve, such as a fire, medical emergency, car accident or reporting a stranger.
— Teach their child not to be afraid to call 911, even if they are not sure the situation constitutes an emergency.
— Teach them to always call from a safe location. If the house is on fire, get out and call from a nearby phone, whether from a cell phone or a neighbor's home.
— Make sure they stay on the line with the dispatcher until the dispatcher says it is ok to hang up or disconnect.