ICE – In Case of Emergency

Posted: September 10, 2007 in Articles

Eight out of ten people aren’t carrying information that would help if they were involved in an accident. Storing next-of-kin details in your mobile phone can assist the emergency services if you’re unable to tell them who to contact. Simply use your mobile’s phone book to store the name and number of someone who should be contacted if you have an emergency – but add the letters ICE in front of their name.

The code word “ICE” comes from the initial letters of the phrase “In Case of Emergency”. The idea is that you enter three numbers of family or friends in your mobile with the prefix “ICE” – as in “ICE Mum” or “ICE Dad” or “ICE John” or whatever. Then, when you’re lying unconscious in a car wreck the police or emergency workers can use the ICE numbers in your mobile to both identify you (if there’s any doubt) and to quickly notify your family members that you’ve been banged up. The “ICE number” idea is the brain child of a British paramedic named Bob Brotchie, who was worried about those accidents where the victims were unable to speak because of injury. And he’s coined a new term in the process: “ICE number”.

Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ‘ICE partner’. You should also make sure your ICE partner has a list of people to contact on your behalf, such as your place of work. In addition, they’ll need to know about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment, including allergies or medication.

If you’re under 18, your ICE partner should be your mother, your father or an immediate member of your family authorised to make decisions on your behalf. Friends and other relatives won’t be able to make decisions for you if you’re admitted to hospital. Again, ICE contact should be the one who wont faint or heart break at the news.

Storing an ICE number makes it easier for everyone if you’re involved in an accident. It only takes a few seconds, so do it today

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