Vocabulary: Emergencies 词汇: 紧急情况
If you had a strange, buzzing sound in your ear, what would you do? One man in Wales who thought he had a fly in his ear called 999, the emergency servicesnumber in Britain.
And so did a woman who was worried about her green potatoes. Could she make chips with them? Were they poisonous? She had no qualmsabout calling the local ambulanceservice to ask.
What to do if there's a fly in your ear
According to a recent report, more than 31,000 non-urgentcalls were made to the Welsh Ambulance Service in the last year.
Inappropriate calls are a headachefor health professionals everywhere. In the US, prank callsto 911 happen on a daily basis. Many callers use apps which hide their identity. But those who try to be funny shouldn't be surprised if the police have the last laugh. One man from Colorado was arrested for allegedly making more than 1,200 prank calls, according to a report on the US television station KOAA-TV.
People who take these calls are trained to stay calm and keep astraight face,no matter how strange the query sounds. "There's no way for us to know whether the call is real, accidental or a prank call," said a public safety worker interviewed by the American TV channel.
The Head of Clinical Services at the Welsh Ambulance Service, Richard Lee, has a warning for prank callers. He says: "When people misusethe service it means our precious time is being taken away from someone who really does need our help."
Indeed, these hotlinesare supposed to help the seriously illor those with a life-threateninginjury.
You never know, one day, the person who needs assistance could be you or someone in your family.
had no qualms毫无顾忌地，毫无不安之感
have the last laugh（笑到最后才是赢家）取得最后胜利