Tolland County dispatchers report surge in false 911 calls

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, the new Apple Watch is modeled during a media event in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted the wearable gadget will be as game-changing as Apple’s revolutionary iPhones and iPads, which have become indispensable accessories for millions around the globe. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH)– There has been a surge in false 911 calls from Apple Watch users, according to the Tolland dispatch center.

Tolland County 911 tweeted a public service announcement on Thursday morning, stating that they had been experiencing a surge of false 911 calls at their dispatch center. Within the last week, they say they have received about 9 calls.

They say the calls are from Apple Watch users. Similar to pocket dialing, the tweet inferred that it is wrist-dialing that may be the issue.

Dispatchers are asking Apple Watch users to be careful. They are also asking if you accidentally wrist-dial 911, to please stay on the line and inform the Telecommunicator what happened. If you disconnect the call prior to speaking to someone, the Telecommunicator will need to focus their attention on attempting to call you back to determine that you are not experiencing a true emergency.

Tolland County dispatch dispatches services to the following counties: Andover, Ashford, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, East Windsor, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Marlborough, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon and Willington.

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