Kari’s Law was signed into law on February 16th 2018 with the compliance deadline of February 16 2020.
Kari’s Law and Ray Baum’s act requires all phonelines in the United States to have the ability to phone the emergency services number 911 without having to dial a number, usually a 9, to reach an external line.
The story behind Kari’s law is tragic. Kari Hunt was killed by her estranged partner in a motel. Her 9-year-old daughter had tried to phone emergency services, but none of her calls went through because the hotel system required her to dial a 9 before dialling 911. Had she been able to reach emergency services, this tragedy may well have been avoided.
What Does This Mean for Your Business?
As a result of this tragedy, Kari’s Law disallows any prefixes before dialling 911, so anyone can reach emergency services as easily and quickly as possible. Therefore, if your business uses a multi-line telephone system (MLTS), which is common in most office buildings, hotels and schools, you need to ensure that you are complaint.
In addition to no longer needing a prefix before dialling 911, the new law also aims to help emergency services locate the emergency as quickly as possible. The Ray Baum’s Act strives to create rules to improve the dispatchable location information that comes from emergency calls. In other words, it helps give the emergency responders more accurate information, for example, building number, floor and even suite.
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