Is your mobile ICE’d up?
Pat Thomas from Birmingham recognises the importance of keeping emergency contact details in her mobile phone
As a carer for her son Trevor, if Pat were involved in an incident, it would be important that the emergency services were able to contact her ICE partner.
Unfortunately 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 will help the emergency services if you are unable to tell them whom to contact. ICE stands for ‘In Case of Emergency’; it’s what the emergency services will look for if you’re involved in an accident.
If you use your mobile phone book to store the name and number of someone who should be contacted if you have an emergency, simply add the letters ICE in front of their name. 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.
Pat says: “As carers it is obviously important for people to know as soon as possible if we have been involved in an incident. I am hoping to work with other carers so that we can support each other as ICE partners”.
If you haven’t got a mobile phone you can keep this number, and other useful information, in your wallet or purse.