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Cell Phones & ICE

If you think we’re talking about something that keeps you cell phone cold, read this Tech Tip to find out about recommended use of In Case of Emergency number(s) on your cell phone.

Frustrated with trying to figure out who to call using injured patients’ cell phone contacts, a paramedic in London came up with a great idea a few years back. He began a campaign to encourage cell phone users to create an ICE entry in their cell phone contact list that gives the phone number for the person to contact in case of emergency.

Since then the use of ICE has spread, and is now recognized by emergency responders all over the world. Setting it up is simple: create an entry in your cell phone's contact list named "ICE," and use it to hold the phone numbers of the person you want notified in case of emergency.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • If you have more than one person you would like contacted, use ICE2, ICE3, etc. as well as ICE.
  • Set up your kids' phones with ICE, too.
  • You should also keep emergency contact information in your wallet. ICE is intended as an addition to written information, not a replacement for it.
  • Rumors have spread that ICE provides an entry point for malicious viruses, but this is simply untrue.

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