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E-911 Coloring Book Teaches Safety Lessons

Smokey the Bear has a new colleague! Emery the Emergency Penguin is the star of a coloring book just released by King County E-911 that aims to teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 for emergency services.

The county was inspired by 10-year-old Nizhoni Newman of Kirkland, who helped save her father's life when he went into cardiac arrest, by calling 9-1-1 and then successfully following CPR instructions from the operator.

In the coloring book, Emery gives children dialing instructions that parents can elaborate on, outlines what is and is not an emergency, and tells kids not to hang up on the operator even if they call by mistake.

The kid-friendly activity is part of a public education campaign by E-911 that also includes a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KingCounty911. The page features tips for parents to keep homes safe, and additional ways to teach kids about safety.

A recent tip from Emery? "It's OK to be scared in an emergency, but try to stay calm and speak slowly and clearly when you talk to a 9-1-1 operator. The better they can understand you, the easier it will be for them to help you."

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