Like a lot of people, my husband and I recently got rid of our land line in favor of using cell phones exclusively. It has worked out great, until my preschooler had Fire Safety Week at school and I realized I'm not sure how to teach a three year-old how to dial 911 on an iPhone.
I mean, sure, in theory we could walk through all the steps…but if something really happens, I need that "pick up the phone and dial" convenience.
We have gotten rid of all our old cell phones, so keeping one around that is inactive that will still dial 911 isn't the answer I'm looking for.
How have other people solved the mobile phone/landline/emergency phone dilemma?
We still have a landline for three reasons:
- I want a backup phone in case of emergency, either for 911 or in case of a natural disaster.
- I still want there to be a central point of communication in the house, especially while one of my kids is too young to have her own cell phone. (When/whether kids need cell phones is a whole 'nother topic of conversation we'll get into another time.)
- My phone, Internet and cable TV are bundled, and getting rid of the landline didn't make financial sense. (This may not be true in your case; call your phone and/or cable company and ask a bunch of questions.)
Like Kym, I'd love to hear what you're doing phone-wise, and how it's working for your family.