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to teach dc 112 and not 999?

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MousyMouse Sun 17-Mar-13 17:55:32

112 is the emergency no in (most) of europe.
it's the number to call in case of the need of an ambulance/fire services/police when camping in france, sunlounging in barcelona or visiting berlin for a hen night.
so aibu?

myheadwillexplode Sun 17-Mar-13 17:57:10

Eh? Depends where you live surely. If the UK then yes you should teach them 999.

Jinsei Sun 17-Mar-13 17:57:56

Depends where you live, surely? confused

Does 112 work in the UK?

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 17-Mar-13 17:58:22

can you get through to the emergency services in this country on 112?

Jinsei Sun 17-Mar-13 17:58:31

X post with myhead!

SirChenjin Sun 17-Mar-13 17:59:21

Does 112 work here in the UK?

MousyMouse Sun 17-Mar-13 17:59:26

but 112 also works in the uk

mrsjay Sun 17-Mar-13 17:59:53

eh what ? do you normally go to europe a lot do you not stay in the uk I would teach him 999 and when you are going to be in europe then teach him that, you sound a wee bit like a MEP grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 17-Mar-13 18:00:13

oh yes, seems it does

I think it's a good idea to know what the emergency numbers are for any country that you happen to be in, yes.

myheadwillexplode Sun 17-Mar-13 18:01:28

Depends on their age too though as 999 is much easier to remember and they will be reminded of it more e.g. through school, through adverts etc. They might panic if they can't remember 112.

MousyMouse Sun 17-Mar-13 18:01:33

and btw uk is in europe wink

myheadwillexplode Sun 17-Mar-13 18:03:21

Really I never knew the UK was in Europe!

pinkyredrose Sun 17-Mar-13 18:04:55

myhead grin

Sirzy Sun 17-Mar-13 18:09:03

Unless you spend a lot of time travelling I would stick with 999 as that is much easier for a child to remember.

You can still tell them their are other numbers and mention 112 then - that's what I do when teaching young children.

kayty Sun 17-Mar-13 19:19:10

Everyone should use 112 in the UK now rather than 999

112 calls can be pinpointed on GPS so the emergency services know where you are calling from on a mobile (very useful when on a country lane in the middle of nowhere)

999 is on the old analogue system so they only know where you are if you are calling from a landline

(I learnt this on Thursday at my first aid update training - although I much prefer the catchy 999 this swings it for me)

aldiwhore Sun 17-Mar-13 19:19:54

Sirzy I read that as "Unless you spend a lot on time travelling..." I was very impressed.

Wewereherefirst Sun 17-Mar-13 19:22:17

Kayty Err, 999 works with mobile locators too if needed IME.

Teach 112 AND 999. But for the love of all things crunchy please make sure your children know 911 doesn't work in the UK.

Cheers American TV.

BoundandRebound Sun 17-Mar-13 19:26:02

She'll be very confused at school if you do

Why not teach both

Tanith Sun 17-Mar-13 19:45:27

We were told on a recent first aid course that we should use 112 in preference to 999 for the reasons that Katy has given.

NannyR Sun 17-Mar-13 19:56:57

We were told on a recent first aid course that 911 does work in the uk, along with 999 and 112. Due to the popularity of US tv shows 911 is the first number that springs to mind for some people.

kayty Sun 17-Mar-13 20:38:26

More reasons to use 112 over 999:

It is preprogrammed into your sim card to prioritise your call if the network is busy

If you don't have reception for your provider (e.g. Virgin/ Orange etc) it will automatically search for and use other providers

It bypasses security functions such as pin numbers

It can be dialled from a pay as you go phone that has no credit

Some smart phones will allow you to dial 112 without a sim card

(999 may manage some of these functions but not all)

loubielou31 Sun 17-Mar-13 20:41:53

Because 112 will work all across Europe and 999 won't I would think 112 much more useful to know.

Wewereherefirst Sun 17-Mar-13 21:08:30

NannyR It's not recognised in the UK. Whoever is peddling that myth is awful, it really does not connect.

My husband spends his time trying to convince people that 999 (or 112) are the only numbers to dial here. 911 will not connect, it's not a manned number.

Lilka Sun 17-Mar-13 21:27:40


As long as your phone is using GSM (not CDMA), 112 will redirect to 911/000 in the US, Canada and Australia (it does in other countries as well). Not that you should neglect to learn 911/000 because you may end up in a situation where you don't have a GSM mobile on you and you need emergency services!

Overall, 80 countries have 112 as a primary or secondary emergency number, even if it only works from mobiles. It's extremely useful to know therefore. It's the standard GSM emergency number.

To be honest, everyone should know it. We need a public 112 drive for the UK

Sommink Sun 17-Mar-13 21:47:51

I taught my daughter 112 first and then 999, 112 is more accurate at finding location and is apparently answered quicker.

It is also more useful if you are dialing from an internal phone where you have to dial 9 first for an outside line...I have known many receptionists forget to dial the extra 9 then wonder why they can't get through hehe!

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