Pierce County receives over 12,000
9-1-1 calls per month.
It's important to only call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Here are some reasons when you should NOT call 911.
- For information & directory assistance
- When you're bored and just want to talk
- For paying traffic tickets
- For your pet
- As a prank
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the call taker what happened so they know there really isn't an emergency.
What about 9-1-1 prank calls?
It's a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In most places, it's against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.
Learn more about using 9-1-1