Sue Scheff: ICE is critical for your cell phones

It’s cold out, does your cell phone have ICE in it?

For your own safety and the safety of your children, be sure to place ICE on all your cell phones.

In case of emergency (ICE) has proven to help paramedics and others contact loved ones when a crisis happens.

A British paramedic came up with the idea of asking cell phone users to input an entry into their cellular phonebook called ICE for “in case of emergency.” Accompanying that acronym would be the name and phone numbers of the person who should be called if something has happened to the owner of the phone.

This idea soon spread to the United States.  In 2006 WebMD Health News recommended that people take a moment right now to put “ICE” by the names of the people you’d want called in case of emergency.

Are you a parent with a child that has a cell phone?  Does your parents have cell phones?  The elderly as well as your teens, especially those with new driving licenses, should immediately have ICE programmed into their phones.  As a responsible parent and adult, don’t forget to add your own ICE!

ICE is a few years old now, but there are still some people that are not aware of it.  A quick reminder or refresher can potentially save a lot of time in the mist of a crisis.  Remember to update your ICE number if someone has moved or changed numbers.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens as well as family and friends.

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