You may think that getting rid of your telephone landline is a great idea because you will save money, not miss any calls and avoid having multiple phone numbers. In addition, you may feel safe and secure knowing you have a phone with you at all times should you or someone else need help. However, there are two important factors you should be aware of that pertain to the most critical call you may ever make — calling 911.
Ten years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine in 10 households had a landline phone. Today, only every second household has a landline. There is reason to believe the majority of U.S. households could be without a landline phone as early as this year. In 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that “more than a quarter of U.S. households have ditched landline phones, a trend driven by younger Americans relying on their cell phones, according to Census Bureau data released … just 71% of households had landlines in 2011, down from a little more than 96% 15 years ago.”
So why is this a dangerous concern? It is dangerous for two reasons:
- Cell phone signals are not a guarantee, and
- When making a 911 call from a cell phone, the address and location of the caller is not accessible to emergency dispatchers.