Wireless Phones Offer Added Safety For Summer

ORANGEBURG, NY — Backyard barbecues, baseball games and bike rides-the signs of summer are everywhere. But as outdoor fun and summer travel shift into high gear, it's important to make safety a top priority.

Whether you're headed to the Jersey Shore, the Hamptons or your neighborhood pool, a wireless phone can enhance your personal safety and provide a vital connection for help in an emergency. Bell Atlantic Mobile offers the following tips for using your wireless phone wherever your travels take you this summer:

Always Carry Your Phone With YouIn any medical emergency, minutes matter and a wireless phone could make a life-saving difference in terms of how quickly help arrives. In addition to calling for first aid, use your phone to report highway accidents, or when you're lost or your car breaks down.

Know Your Wireless Phone Number Emergency personnel may ask how they can reach you, especially if you're traveling in an unfamiliar area and can't give them an exact location.

Press 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. Be sure to call 9-1-1 only for true emergencies. More than 100,000 wireless calls are made to 9-1-1 each day.

Check Your Battery If your wireless phone is reserved for emergency use, be sure to check and charge the battery before taking off. You may even want to bring along a spare battery or keep a lighter adapter in your car. If you're planning an extended motor trip, digital phones offer the longest battery life.

Drive Safely When behind the wheel, safe driving is always your first responsibility. Whenever possible, pull off the road before dialing. Learn to use the phone's re-dial features and pre-program frequently dialed numbers, such as the babysitter and home. And, never take notes or write down phone numbers while driving.

Stay in TouchWhen you're away, the folks at home want to hear from you. A check-in call when you've arrived at your destination will let loved ones know you're safe.

In the New York, Boston, Washington/Baltimore and Pittsburgh markets, Bell Atlantic Mobile was named leader in overall customer satisfaction among wireless users, according to the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates 1998 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Studysm. Bell Atlantic Mobile (NYSE:BEL) owns and operates the largest wireless network in the East, covering 116,000 square miles, and the largest chain of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.4 million customers and more than 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work…" community service program, the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent is one of the world's largest wireless communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; for global operations visit: www.bellatlantic.com/worldwide.