The Emergency-Free Home - Calling for help

Every household should have a card close by the telephone—if possible affixed to an adjacent wall—that contains the numbers of various emergency services. In most communities, it is possible to simply dial 911 or to dial the operator and ask for the police or fire department.

An ambulance can usually be summoned in one of the following ways: dialing 911; asking for a police ambulance; calling the nearest hospital; or calling whatever private ambulance service is available locally. Such services are listed in the classified pages of the telephone directory, and you should have their numbers on hand if an emergency service such as 911 is not available in your area.

Practically all hospitals have emergency rooms for the prompt treatment of accident cases. If the victim is in good enough physical condition, he can be placed lying down in a car for transportation to a hospital. However, under no circumstances should a person who has sustained major injuries or who has collapsed be made to sit upright in a car. First aid must be administered to him on the spot until a suitable conveyance arrives.

Every family should find out the telephone number of the nearest Poison Control Center (see section in this chapter) and note it on the emergency number card.

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