If you found yourself in an unfortunate situation where you had to call the emergency services, what number would you call? If you happened to be living in or visiting a country abroad, would you know what number to call and how to make yourself understood if you didn’t know the native language? There are other local numbers for you to call, but 112 is the number to call if you are a foreigner in Belgium. Many do not know of the number 112 that you can dial in case of an emergency, despite the number being active for nearly 20 years. 112 are a number that was put enforce for foreigners to use in case of an emergency whilst traveling with in Europe.
Why use 112?
112 is a standard number that can be used in any European country. If you find that you travel a lot within Europe, then it is definitely worth remembering, as it is just one number that you need to remember. Instead of worrying whether or not the operator on the other end will understand you or if you can understand them, 112 can guarantee that you will be able to speak to someone in English.
How do I use 112?
The 112 number can be used from any phone, landline or payphone. The call is free from all phones and can be used if you are using your mobile phone with your home subscription, and through national and international roaming.
How efficient is this number?
An operator will answer your call immediately or within 9 seconds on average. If you are unable to tell the operator your address or where you are at the time of the incident, then the operator will be able to locate you straight away so it is not a problem.
Disadvantages about 112
Some people that have dialed this number have said that they have had trouble communicating with the operator, due to the fact that few people know or use the 112 number. When a recent survey was taken out in the countries where the number 112 is active, but shockingly few people in each of the countries knew about the number. The survey showed that in some countries that use 112 had as little as 5/6% of people who knew of the number. Belgium came out at a higher 47%, showing that nearly half of the population of Belgium knew of or had used this number already.