The RCMP in Bay Roberts are urging parents not to let their children play with old cellphones after a child dialed 911 over 200 times last month on an inactive phone.
Cellphones can still dial 911 even if you don’t have a plan or pay-as-you-go minutes. Police say calls to 911 that aren’t of an emergency nature take away precious time from someone who may really need it.
They say removing the battery or locking the cellphone will prevent accidental 911 calls.
— RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador (@RCMPNL) January 16, 2019
A report filed by NL911 last year shows that over one third of phone calls to 911 in Newfoundland and Labrador are for non-emergencies.
Between April 2017 and March 2018, about 37 per cent of calls received by the service were not transferred to emergency centres. This can be attributed to non-emergency calls, such as pocket dials, hang ups, and requests for information.
NL911 says you should only call 911 in emergency situations—when there’s an immediate threat to life, safety or property. However, if you accidentally dial 911, you should stay on the line and let the call taker know that it was a mistake.