Mom in Training: Got Kids at Home? Here's Why You Need a Landline #ooma

July 26, 2016

Got Kids at Home? Here's Why You Need a Landline #ooma


Picture this:  It's the end of July—smack in the middle of summer.  Your kids are at home with a caretaker while you toil away at your 9 to 5.  Then, disaster strikes.  There's an emergency at home, and your kids have to call 911 for help.

Are your children calling from a cell phone or a landline?  And does it make any difference?  Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  According to the latest data, if you don't have a landline in your home, it could be putting your children in grave danger.

Here's a shocking fact:  According to an investigation by the USA Today [http://usat.ly/28L5wzD], the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country.  With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.  The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet?


In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology—to deliver three tips for keeping your home safe this summer in addition to owning a landline.

TIP #1:  KEEP A FIRST AID KIT AT THE READY

Whether it's for a small scrape or something far worse, it's always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene.  According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that's seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you're often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.

TIP #2:  WRITE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

Make sure that no matter where you are, it's easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma's home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives.

TIP #3: RECOGNIZE THE FIRST SIGNS OF DANGER

Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

For many people, money is understandably a legitimate concern—but when it comes down to it, we really can't put a price on ensuring that the people we love are safe.  Luckily, first aid kits are both lightweight and budget-friendly, while the price of a secure Ooma landline pays for itself in just three months and costs less than a Netflix subscription on a monthly basis.

Got any 911 emergency stories of your own?  I wouldn't be surprised.  In the past five years alone, over a quarter of Americans have called 911 with a cell phone, and in that group, there were many dissatisfied callers.  If you've got a story you'd feel comfortable sharing, I'd love to hear about them!  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

14 comments:

  1. What an insightful post! Thanks for sharing :]

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  2. My Mom swears by a landline. She is not giving hers up for anything in the world. She wishes that we had one for emergencies.

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  3. Those are great tips, thanks! We have the ooma landline. It's much cheaper than cable.

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  4. We still have a landline, but I never thought of needing one in case 911 is needed. Thanks for bringing up a great (and important) point.

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  5. We didn't want to give up our landline either but we get so many political and sales calls.

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  6. Thanks for the great tips. I still have a landline phone at my house. When the electricity goes out we can at least still use our landline phones. I don't have a cell phone.

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  7. I had a land line for years and never had a cell phone. I finally got a cell phone and gave up the landline as I couldn't afford both. I don't have kids so that's not a problem.

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  8. (Got Kids at Home? Here's Why You Need a Landline #ooma) We still have a landline here in our home also. We have the Magicjack phone system for about eight years now. Saves us a ton of money too-

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  9. This is great information! It's definitely easier in my opinion for young children to call from a landline. Then the responders know exactly where to go.

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  10. We got rid of our landline a long time ago, but I never knew about 911 dispatchers having difficulty finding your location!

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  11. What an amazing post! Thanks for sharing

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  12. I have always had a landline for this reason. I also will NOT use the one with our internet providor. Some dont realize this, but if your internet and cable go out together, your phone goes out too. I keep a separate company for the landline even tho I could lower my bill. 911 is so important and them knowing wher you are even more so.

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  13. Very good tips. We have a landline because cell service can't really be trusted here, I had no idea about how hard it is for 911 to pin down location on a cell phone though.

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  14. I have a land line and I think its so important for everyone to have one. You really never know when they can be handy for you..

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