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Safety Rules: Cell phones need emergency numbers

By Sgt. Kiley Sargent
Hall County Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit

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How many of us have an identified emergency contact number in the telephone list on our cell phones?

Just as important as having all of your friends and family members listed, isn't it just as important to have a designated emergency contact number?

In the event of serious vehicle crashes or other incidents in which those involved were unconscious or deceased, trying to find the correct person to contact in an emergency can get confusing and waste valuable time.

ICE, an acronym for "In Case of an Emergency," is a designated number that emergency officials could call you were unable to dial it yourself.

Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:

- Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner.

- Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf, including your place of work.

- Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact; for example, a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time.

- Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment; for example, allergies or current medication.

- Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorized to make decision on your behalf; for example, if you need a life or death operation.

- Should your preferred contact be deaf, then prefix the number with ICETEXT

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