Alexis Copas shared an important message from her local Fire Department on Twitter.
The idea was originally posted to Facebook by the Rose City Area Fire Department, located in Michigan, USA. They shared a picture of a piece of paper attached to a child’s car seat. The notice gave the child’s and parents’ names and dates of birth, along with important medical notes, like whether the child could speak.
‘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,’ they wrote. ‘It takes 2 minutes of your time to write out child’s name, DOB, parents’ names, DOB, emergency contacts and any medical conditions, any meds your child is on and even child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat. This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life. Please share this.’
Alexis took to Twitter to share the post, along with a photo of the notice she had made to stick to her own child’s car seat. ‘Saw this on FB & wanted to share it here!!’ she wrote. ‘As soon as I read this, I made one to stick on my child’s car seat.’
The tweet has been liked more than 9,000 times and retweeted more than 5,000 times.
‘I’m going to do this, thank you for sharing,’ one mother replied. ‘Love this doing it asap,’ another agreed. ‘This is honestly the best idea. Thank you for sharing,’ another user added.
Babies are especially vulnerable to injuries caused by impact and uncontrolled head motion because their neck muscles are weak.
Children should use a car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall and if your child is under 15 months old, their car seat must be rear-facing. The NHS recommends using a rear-facing car seat for as long as your baby fits into it, as they offer better protection in the event of an accident.