Using 911

When Should You Call?

  • When you have severe pain
  • If you experience pain or tightness in your chest, pain radiating from your chest into any other area of your body, or sudden trouble breathing
  • If you have shortness of breath or trouble breathing – especially if these breathing problems are interfering with your ability to perform daily tasks
  • If you are experiencing sudden, unexplained weakness or dizziness of any sort
  • If you are experiencing numbness, tingling in your body, or trouble moving a limb or speaking
  • If you notice sudden changes in the mental status of a person – ranging from unconsciousness to slowness
  • If you have been injured in an accident or have simply been in a serious accident and you’re not sure if you are injured or not
  • If you or your loved one has had diarrhea or vomiting for a prolonged period of time
  • If your baby has a fever over 102 degrees – with or without seizure activity

If you are unsure of whether or not you need paramedics to come and evaluate you, it’s always best to call 911 right away. In an emergency, time is of the essence. In some cases, calling early and receiving early paramedic intervention can reduce the severity of an emergency and help people recover more fully and faster.