November 29, 2021

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To make way for 3-digit suicide hotline, 10-digit dialing is now mandatory

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Practice makes perfect. 

Six months after state officials recommended callers in Colorado’s 719 and 970 area codes start getting in the habit of dialing 10 digits — area code plus phone number — for all local calls, the change became official on Sunday.

The switch is to make way for 988, a three-digit dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, slated to go into effect on July 16.

The change to 10-digit dialing applies nationwide and is intended to prevent callers from accidentally calling the suicide hotline when dialing local numbers with a 988 prefix, according to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. 

When 988 takes effect, it will function like other state and national three-digit numbers, including 911 (of course), but also 211, which in Colorado…

David Gilbert

2021-10-25 04:10:00

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