call box

noun

Definition of call box

1 British : a public telephone booth
2 : a telephone usually located on the side of a road for reporting emergencies (such as fires or automobile breakdowns)

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In case of an attack, many beaches have added call boxes so that emergency personnel can be reached even from remote areas of Cape Cod’s shores. Colleen Cronin, PEOPLE.com, "1 Year After Deadly Great White Attack, 'Shark-Smart' Cape Cod Works to Prevent More Deaths," 28 June 2019 Local officials also have focused on ways to improve emergency response at area beaches this season, such as installing emergency call boxes and first aid kits stuffed with tourniquets and other medical supplies. Fox News, "Cape Cod researchers to track, place video cameras on great white sharks in bid to keep beachgoers safe," 19 June 2019 Since the attack, several steps have been taken, including allocating $383,000 to buy emergency call boxes, satellite phones for lifeguards, training for citizens and first responders and other outreach and education. Kaitlyn Budion, BostonGlobe.com, "Shark talk attracted crowd, but media shut out," 13 June 2019 By August, the airport plans to install 50 audio-video emergency call boxes throughout its terminals and car rental center. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Danger at the airport: How you’ll know what to do," 12 June 2019 There’s a 1950s-era mailbox, phone booth and San Diego Police call box, as well as reproduction streetlamps. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Memory village for Alzheimer's patients set to open," 23 Apr. 2018 Truro Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer says her community is looking to install emergency call boxes at its beaches by next summer. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service," 18 Sep. 2018 To minimize risk, rail systems rely on backup mechanisms such as emergency call boxes, landlines and, in some cases, cellphones. Jack Gillum, Washington Post, "‘Must have hit a dead spot’: Recordings show lapses in Metro’s radio system," 1 Feb. 2018 Other enhancements would include information screens about the next bus coming and emergency call boxes for people to get in touch with authorities or customer service. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "SMART property tax possible on August ballot," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of call box

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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call box

noun

English Language Learners Definition of call box

US : a telephone that is located on the side of a road and that is used for reporting emergencies
British : a public telephone booth

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