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Using What3Words to Pinpoint Your Location for Emergency Services

When calling emergency medical services, accurately describing your location can be difficult, especially in remote or unfamiliar areas. What3Words is an app that helps solve this problem by pinpointing your exact location using three unique words.

How What3Words Works

What3Words assigns three random words to a 3-meter by 3-meter square on the Earth's surface. By providing these words to emergency services, they can quickly and accurately find your location.

Using the What3Words Website

You can use the What3Words website ( to find your current location or search for a specific address. The algorithm also includes error checking to ensure that slightly incorrect words still lead to the correct location.

Using the What3Words App

By downloading the What3Words app on your smartphone, you can easily find your current location and store saved locations for future reference.

Who Uses What3Words?

Around 80% of UK emergency services now use What3Words, along with roadside assistance services like the AA and various UK delivery companies.

How to Find Your Location Using What3Words

  1. Visit or open the app.
  2. Search for a postcode, or place, or allow the app to find your current location.
  3. Select the correct 3-meter square on the map to generate the three unique words for that location.
  4. Take note of the three words for future reference or to share with emergency services.

What3Words is an innovative and effective way to pinpoint your exact location, no matter where you are in the world. Give it a try to ensure your safety during emergencies.