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Bat in the Home Prompts a 9-1-1 Call in Tillsonburg

Oxford OPP are reminding residents to dial 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency after dispatch was called because a bat was flying around in a home in Tillsonburg.

OXFORD COUNTY - Oxford OPP are reminding residents to only call 9-1-1 for emergencies. 

Last night dispatch was called because a bat was discovered in a home in Tillsonburg. Obviously a bat in the home, can be a scare, however that would not qualify as proper use of 9-1-1. The homeowner called police at 1:30 in the morning, upset because the bat was flying around the home and they needed to go to sleep. Officers attended the address and observed a bat in the residence. The responding officers were able to safely remove the bat however animal control services should be consulted and not the police, especially when 9-1-1 was called.

The use of 9-1-1 for emergency response continues to save lives when used appropriately and the OPP want those who need urgent help to use 9-1-1. The OPP also encourages families to discuss proper use of 9-1-1 to prevent hang ups and misdials from occurring.

What you can do to prevent misdials:

- Make sure you know the number you are dialing

- Lock your cell phone number pad

- Teach your children the proper use of 9-1-1

- If you dial 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up. Stay on the phone so the dispatcher can ascertain your safety and let them know it was a mistake. 

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