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The European emergency number 112 is not the only emergency number in the UK. It is used alongside the national emergency number 999.

Disabled people can contact 112 via SMS (this requires preregistration) or text relay using the access code 18000.

It is not possible to call 112 from a mobile phone without a SIM card.

112 calls are answered on average within 5 seconds.

In addition to English, the calls can be answered in Welsh and in 170 languages with the help of interpreters.

The 112 operator can detect the location of the caller whithin 2 seconds.

According to the latest  E-communications household and telecom single market survey, 18% of British people know they can use 112 everywhere in the EU.

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Last updated on 10/06/2015 - 16:14