Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

Home & Garden

New Year's phone tips

   GTE states that as the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, there may be an urge to call or e-mail loved ones and wish them well which could overload the telephone network and cause delays.

   Consider making calls or e-mailing family and friends later in the day.

   Call 911 only for emergency response from police, fire, or emergency medical personnel.

   If you experience problems not related to police, fire, or emergency medical services, call the appropriate telephone number for those services.

   If you pick up your telephone to make a call and do not hear a dial tone, do not hang up. Simply wait a few seconds, and you will get dial tone and be able to make your call.