FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Police recently shared two ways to help them help you.
At the October 17 township trustees board meeting, Lt. Jim Baldwin provided information about Emergency Magnet stickers being distributed by police.
The two-by-three-inch magnetized cards that will affix to a refrigerator, file cabinet or other metal object, contain instructions for when to Dial 911 and what information to provide including first and last name, address and phone number.
It also advises callers to stay calm and speak clearly and to stay on the line until the operators tells them it is OK to hang up.
The bottom of the magnet has spaces to write in other emergency numbers including poison control, family physician, the pharmacy, the school and a neighbor. It has a photo of a firefighter, police officer and ambulance technician – all in uniform.
Supervisor Karyn Miller asked Baldwin to make sure that the magnets are distributed at the elementary schools. They also can be picked up at the police station on Norko Drive.
At the October 4 township board meeting, Police Chief George Sippert talked about Child Emergency Seatbelt Stickers also available at the police station 24/7.
Township police have partnered with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning in a public awareness campaign, Sippert said.
Designed to be attached to the back of a car seat, the stickers provide vital information about the child—name, ad-dress, allergies, emergency contact —to be used by emergency medical service workers in the event that adults in the vehicle are incapacitated and unable to provide the information, according to an OHSP press release.
“This sticker is a great item in any child safety advocate’s toolkit,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. The stickers have been in use for more than 20 years but were recently updated to include spaces for the child’s name, as well as larger fields for medical information and allergies.
There is additional room to list parents or guardians, the child’s physician and the name and phone number of an emergency contact.
The new sticker comes with a flap that offers privacy and protects the information from fading.
Making it easy to spot, the front of the sticker has a yellow and black striped design similar to barricade or hazard police tape.
First responders know to look for the sticker in the case of an emergency. An average of 4,000 stickers a month are distributed to child passenger safety techs, school, police and fire, daycares, hospitals and parents.
To order the kid’s identification stickers, go to Michigan.gov/ carseats. The website also includes links to child safety seat inspection and a series of educational videos on using car seats properly.