The OPP is reminding people to use 9-1-1 for its intended purpose only: to report emergencies.
Each time there is an accidental call, or one made for non-emergency incidents, it is consuming dispatcher time, hampering their ability to attend to real emergencies.
It also ties up officer resources that could be better utilized to respond to actual emergencies.
9-1-1 is for major emergencies only and is meant to report issues in which life or property is immediately threatened.
9-1-1 should not be called for general incidents but strictly for emergency situations.
Children also should be taught the responsible use of 9-1-1 and that cellphones are not toys.
Do not give your child an old cellphone to play with—even if there's no battery or SIM card.
The removal of a SIM card from a cellphone still enables the device to call 9-1-1.
Cell users also are urged to learn about how their devices can be locked to prevent accidental pocket dials.
To report a non-emergency incident to police, contact your local police or the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122.