Skedaddlers booking on our cycling holidays frequently ask us what the best emergency number is – well here’s the answer – its 112
New figures released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to mark European 112 Day (11 February) reveal that most people do not know the number to call in the event of an emergency in Europe.
A survey of over 2,000 people across the UK found that only 14% know that dialling 112 will reach the emergency services and only 3% recognised it was the EU emergency number. The European Commission created the European emergency number 112 to making it easier for people travelling within the European Union to access emergency services. The number works in all EU Member States and connects the caller to the local emergency services hotline.
Previous research carried out by the European Commission shows that the UK is one of three countries in Europe where awareness of the 112 emergency number is lowest and this needs to change!!! So spread the word as even if you aren’t on a Skedaddle holiday it’s still the best number to call – so let do let your freinds, familay and work colleagues know!!
The research showed that when asked to state what the number 112 is for, over half of people surveyed by the FCO (51%) admitted they did not know, with 12% believing it connected them to directory enquiries. A range of other interesting definitions were offered with some believing it could be ˜a brand of perfume or aftershave’, ˜the number of a bus’ or as one person stated, ˜a pair of Levi jeans’.
We hope that you’ll never need to use the number, but just in case make sure it is added to your contacts list on your mobile phone and better still pop it in your wallet / purse / handbag / manbag or tattoo it to a part of your body!!
The FCO does an absolutely AMAZING job and as a travel company we are pleased to have them around. Here’s a few facts that you should know …
– The FCO staff handle around 2 million Consular enquiries a year – Impressive eh!!
– In 2010/11 FCO staff handled 19,228 Consular assistance cases (including arrests, deaths, hospitalisations, supporting victims of forced marriage and assisting in incidents of parental child abduction)
So before you travel, visit www.fco.gov.uk/travel and make a note of the number of the nearest British Consulate to where you are staying, so you can ask for help if you need it. A directory of British Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates is available at:
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