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Some ideas make sense the minute you learn about them. ICE is a case in point. That’s an acronym for In Case of Emergency.

A paramedic in Cambridge, England came up with the idea earlier this year after several incidents where he and his colleagues struggled to get contact details from shocked or injured patients.

They realized most people these days carry cell phones.

So here’s the idea.

In the mobile phone’s directory, enter ICE along with a number to be called in case of emergency. Make sure it’s someone close to you who could give consent for emergency medical treatment if needed. Then if you have an accident or if you become disabled in some way and can’t give information to those assisting you about who to contact, your cell phone will have that information.

The idea caught on quickly throughout England and is now being exported worldwide. Here in the United States, including Utah, many safety organizations and officials are beginning to see the value of ICE and are urging people to add vital ICE contacts to their cell phones.

KSL joins the chorus.

It’s a great idea and we encourage local law enforcement agencies and emergency medical personnel to get behind it. Remember - ICE in case of Emergency!

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