While you won’t get in trouble for accidentally calling 911, it can cost dispatch and police officers a lot of time ensuring that there isn’t actually an emergency.
They also usually send an officer out to the location to make sure everyone is safe.
Is there a fine for accidentally calling 911?
Everyone makes mistakes, and there is no penalty to accidentally calling 911. The Communications Dispatcher will want to verify your name and address, and ensure that there is not a real emergency. If you do hang up, they will call you back to confirm that you are safe.
What do I do if I accidentally call 911 and hang up?
If you dial 9-1-1 accidentally, stay on the line and tell us. If you hang up we don’t know if you are okay and will have to call back or, if you’ve called from a landline and we can determine your location, send police to check on you. Stay on the line. Don’t ever hang up.
What happens if you accidentally call emergency services?
Stay on the 911 Emergency Line
If a 911 emergency call is made erroneously, do not hang up. If you make a #999#112#999 call by mistake, stay on line.
Do you get charged for calling 911?
911 is paid by the taxpayer when you need the police. When you call for an ambulance, you have to reimburse for the cost of the ambulance. If it’s a serious medical emergency, the fire department will send out a crew to acompany the ambulance, free of charge.