This takes two minutes, and can save lives.
As parents, none of us like to dwell on emergency situations—but just a few minutes of planning can make all the difference in times of crisis. That’s why an easy safety tip from one mom, who is also an emergency medical technician, is going viral on Facebook.
The tip: Tape your children’s essential information to their car seats. This should include their names, dates of birth, emergency contacts, medication conditions, medications and pediatricians.
“Way too often do firefighters come upon a car wreck with child(ren) in the car who are too young to have any info and parents are unconscious,” said Kaitlyn Lawson in her original Facebook post, which was shared by the fire department she works with. “This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life.”
Like in Lawson’s example, this really doesn’t have to be an elaborate sticker. Just a simple piece of paper with the vital information will suffice—and be hugely helpful in case of emergency.
As an EMT and mom, Lawson says sharing this kind of knowledge is doubly meaningful to her.
“Some emergency personnel don’t have time to search through personal belongings to find this kind of information needed, and having it on the car seat helps them a ton when in a quick emergency,” Lawson tells Love What Matters. “The sticker is on the side of the car seat, when you open the door, it is very visible.”
This is yet another example of moms being some of each other’s best resources. Last year, we also loved this suggestion from an emergency room nurse about programming your safety contact information into your phone. And this nurse’s personal hack for giving her kids medicine is also brilliant. When we pool our knowledge like this, our kiddos are safer and healthier.