4th of July: Reasons to call 911. Reasons to not call 911.


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As the nation gears up for another explosive Fourth of July celebration, emergency services brace themselves for an influx of 911 calls that range from the truly bizarre to the outright amusing. In the spirit of humor and public service, we present a guide to instances that might tempt you to dial those three fateful digits and some important reminders of when to exercise your funny bone instead.

Instances NOT to Call 911:

  1. Fido’s Fear of Fireworks: We love our furry friends, and it’s true that not all canines are fond of the booming noises that accompany Independence Day festivities. However, please resist the urge to call emergency services simply because Sparky is hiding under the bed. Remember, our animal companions can be comforted in various ways that don’t require summoning the cavalry. From earplugs for pets to soothing music, there are plenty of non-emergency solutions to keep our four-legged friends calm.
  2. Light Show Limbo: Yes, fireworks can be incredibly loud, and it’s understandable if you find yourself surprised by their decibel level. However, calling 911 to complain about the noise is not only unnecessary, but it may also earn you an amused chuckle from the emergency operator. Fireworks, after all, are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations, and it’s best to embrace the explosive symphony with a sense of humor and a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
  3. Burger Battle Gone Bad: Planning a festive cookout for friends and family? Accidents happen, but unless you’ve somehow managed to set your hot dog stand ablaze or misplaced the grill in a tree, grilling-related mishaps generally do not warrant a call to emergency services. Remember, a small fire can often be managed with a fire extinguisher or by following the age-old technique of applying a wet towel and a dash of panic.

Instances to Call 911:

  1. Firework Fiascoes: While fireworks are expected during Fourth of July celebrations, accidents can still occur. If a firework mishap leads to a fire that’s unmanageable or poses a threat to life and property, do not hesitate to call 911 immediately. The professionals are trained to handle such situations, ensuring everyone’s safety and putting out those unintended pyrotechnics.
  2. Poolside Perils: Splashing around in the pool is a great way to beat the summer heat. However, if you encounter a situation where someone is in distress and struggling to swim, whether due to exhaustion or any other factor, dial 911 immediately. In such cases, every second counts, and the swift response of emergency services can make a life-saving difference.
  3. BBQ Booboos: Grilling accidents that result in severe burns or other serious injuries do require immediate medical attention. If a guest accidentally tumbles into the coals or a culinary experiment goes awry in a catastrophic manner, don’t hesitate to call 911. The professionals are equipped to handle emergencies and can provide the necessary assistance until medical help arrives.

Remember, the Fourth of July is a time for celebration, laughter, and community. Let’s keep our emergency lines open for those truly in need while appreciating the quirks and peculiarities that come with this explosive holiday. Stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the night sky!

Disclaimer: This article is meant to entertain while delivering essential information. Always use your best judgment and common sense when faced with any emergency situation.