Bell Atlantic Mobile Says Wireless Phone Can Be Personal Safety Net

Bell Atlantic Mobile Says Wireless Phone Can Be Personal Safety Net

National Wireless Safety Week Is May 17 - 23

May 15, 1998

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Nancy Stark,

Bedminster, NJ -- You see them everywhere: glove compartments,
purses, briefcases. They're walking down the street, sitting in traffic, and
lying on the beach or by the pool. They're wireless phones, and despite
their widespread use for a variety of reasons, from convenience to
business, they all have one use in common -- SAFETY.

As you begin preparing for vacations and outdoor activities this
summer, knowing how to use a wireless phone in the event of an
emergency is just as important as having one. Following are some tips
from Bell Atlantic Mobile for using your cell phone as your personal safety

  • Carry it always. A cell phone is a safety net for you and others.
    Use your cell phone to report highway accidents and aggressive
    drivers, when you're lost or broken down, or to call for first aid
    when bike riding, in-line skating, or swimming in a neighbor's
    backyard pool.

  • Check your battery. If your cell phone is reserved for
    emergency use, be sure to check and charge the battery before
    taking a road trip. You may even want to bring along a spare
    battery or keep a lighter adapter in your car.

  • Press the SEND button after dialing 9-1-1. Help is only a few
    buttons away, but you must press SEND for the call to go
    through, even when dialing 9-1-1.

  • Know your cell phone number. Whether you have to give it out
    to emergency personnel, the babysitter, or a teenager to check
    in, knowing they can reach you will give you peace of mind.

  • When behind the wheel use common sense. Safe driving is your
    first responsibility.

Public Safety Net

More than 100 police departments throughout the country use
wireless technology for maintaining public safety, according to Bell
Atlantic Mobile. Whether it's for checking motor vehicle and criminal
databases from wireless laptops in their police cars, or giving wireless
phones pre-programmed to dial 9-1-1 to potential domestic violence
victims, law enforcement agencies depend on the cellular network to
ensure public safety. You too can depend on the cellular network as your
personal safety net.