What unusual noises may indicate a possible emergency?

Unusual noises include:

  • Screaming, moaning, yelling or calls for help 
  • Breaking glass, crashing metal or screeching tires 
  • A change in the sound made by machinery or equipment 
  • Sudden, loud noises, such as the sound of collapsing buildings or falling ladders 
  • Unusual silence

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