This brochure contains information that may be useful to individuals staying or/and working in Poland. It includes information on public institutions and the basic provisions of Polish Law intended to protect the safety of people and their property.
SERVICES IN POLAND
Emergency services in Poland as well as those caring for the safety of citizens and public order are:
- Police (Policja)
- Municipal Police (Straż Miejska)
- Fire brigade (Straż Pożarna)
- Emergency Medical Services (Pogotowie Ratunkowe)
If you need any assistance from these services, call the free emergency number at 112.
Please remember that the help provided is free of charge.
HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
"Human trafficking" is the recruiting of victims, kidnapping random people, but also targets people who appear weak, lost and confused. This can be prevented by:
- not giving access of your documents and mobile phone to strangers
- being in constant contact with family and friends, informing them of your current location and keeping them updated when changes occur
- only undertaking legal work that is stipulated in the contract;
- making sure that the offered salary is not too attractive compared to market rates offered by other employers and agencies for the same position;
- making sure whether the working conditions, accommodation and duties declared by the employer are not suspiciously attractive;
- always staying in a group when using private transportation offered by random people;
- writing down or taking a photograph of the registration number of the vehicle you are traveling in and if possible sending it to family and friends.
HOW TO PREVENT LOSING YOUR CHILD?
Teach your child basic personal details and a contact number to parents / guardians and explain how to behave in the following situations:
- when being in a crowd or strange environment when a child is being called by a parent / guardian, he should approach him immediately;
- when a child can’t see his parent(s), he should call out loudly for them;
- when another adult tries to take them away, he should shout loudly and protest;
- when a child sees a policeman after such an incident, report immediately what happened.
WHAT THE PARENT / GUARDIAN MUST REMEMBER
Children are curious about the world, unaware of the basic dangers thus:
- sew a "tag" with contact details into the child's clothing with the parents / guardians name /phone number/contact number and the basic information about the child ;
- put on the child's wrist a "non-lost" armband or other such gadget, where the parent's / guardian's contact details should be saved;
- determine a potential meeting place with the child and make them aware that they should wait there, and not look for an adult on their own.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES WHEN TRAVELLING
- you should take care of your luggage, have it with you and not leave it unattended;
- in the car, do not leave valuables in plain view.
HOW TO FIGHT INTERNET AND VERBAL HATE?
Regardless of gender, religion, beliefs, language or origin, we all have the right to our otherness and we have a right to have it respected. Hate speech is offensive messages directed against another person as aggressive spoken words as well as posted on the Internet. The victim of hate or witnesses of it must not ignore it.
It should be reported to law enforcement authorities.
BASIC LEGAL REGULATIONS
In public places, it is prohibited to:
- consume alcohol
- use coarse language
- smoke cigarettes in places where people gather
- to observe quite hours in residential areas (10PM – 6AM)
Road speed limits in Poland are:
on motorways - 140 km/h;
on express roads - 120 km/h;
outside built-up areas - 90 km/h;
in a built-up areas - 50 km/h,
unless the road sign states otherwise.
When driving a vehicle on a public road:
- from dusk to dawn use low beam lights
- from dawn to dusk, in conditions of normal air transparency, the vehicle driver may use daytime lights instead of low beam lights;
- seat belts must be worn, transport children up to 150 cm tall in a safety seat or other restraint;
- use a hand-free phone while driving and using your phone
- the vehicle must have fire extinguishers and a warning triangle. It is also recommended that there is a first aid kit and a reflective vest;
- the permissible blood alcohol content (BAC) in the body while driving is less than 0.2 per mille;
- follow instructions given by a policeman. Failure to stop for a police inspection is a serious crime.
When moving outside the built-up area, pedestrians are required to wear reflective elements to improve their visibility.
You can search for more information which maybe helpful to you during your stay in Poland using these websites and phone numbers:
- pomagamukrainie.gov.pl – information about accommodation and job search;
- ua.gov.pl - information about entering Poland, reception points and legalization of stay;
- tel. 47 72 123 07 or e-mail: - here you can submit information, as well as obtain information and assistance of situations related to missing people who have crossed the border of Poland in connection with military operations carried out in Ukraine;
- tel. 664 974 934 or e-mail: - here you can provide information about cases of human trafficking and sex crimes;
- tel. 112 - European emergency number. Free and available throughout the European Union from both landline and mobile phones. The call can be made using a phone without a SIM card.
- tel. 32 606 32 32 - helpline of the Silesian Voivodship Office in order to obtain information on the legalization of your stay;
- www.nfz.gov.pl - information on medical care and healthcare;
- remember that if calling from outside Poland to any of these numbers add national prefix before dialed number: +48 or 0048