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Brits remain unaware of Euro emergency number

Filed under: Research and Statistics — Posted by: Mark on February 13, 2012

A new survey has shown that the majority of people in the UK are unaware of the European emergency 112 number.

The news has come from the Foreign Office, who surveyed over 2,000 people. The poll found that 86% of people did not know that dialling 112 would reach emergency services, with 12% thinking it would connect them to directory enquiries.

More worrying perhaps, is that some respondents thought it was the number of a bus, a type of jeans or a perfume.

It left researchers stunned, being such an important number in the event of an emergency abroad.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said that the number works throughout Europe, whilst in many places it is also possible to use English.

What is also not widely known is that it can be used in the UK too, in addition to the 999 service.

Knowing the number whilst abroad could prove essential though, saving a great deal of time and stress in the event of accident or injury.

To help people understand the number, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have launched a “Know Before You Go” campaign. The campaign, which also covers other essential travel advice, will also give UK travellers advice on air ambulance costs and how to go about organising medical repatriation in the event of such an emergency.

With many people expected to travel to Ukraine for the Euro football championships this year, and many visitors from Europe expected to the UK for the Olympics, raising awareness of the 112 number is seen as an important step.

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