Most of us leave the house for a run, cycle, hike or any other activity and remember to bring our sunglasses, mp3 players, watches, heart rate monitors, GPS watches, pace calculators, etcetera. Unfortunately countless people go outside without any form of identification. The majority of us don’t expect to encounter health problems or an accident while exercising outdoors.
But what if we do? What if we picked an early morning where there aren’t many other people out and we slip or trip and become unconscious? What if we are on of those few people who suddenly and most unexpectedly develop exercise-induced anaphylaxis? What if we skid out while cycling on a rainy morning? Take on too much water while swimming? What if we are found unconscious, without identification, we need assistance and the responders have no knowledge of our medical history or emergency contact?
You might be right. This may never happen to you. In fact, it probably won’t but that’s not the point.
Every year approximately 450,000 people are taking to hospital without any identification.
You’ve got car, home, property, health, earthquake, fire, flood and other forms insurance. Even your dog has identification. What insurance / assurance do you have if you happen to be or that you won’t be one of those 450,000 people?
Remember to bring your photo identification and health care provider card with you every time you exercise outdoors.
Road ID was created by a couple of guys who wondered what would happen if the unexpected happened.
“Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. Currently, they offer 6 different forms of ID: the FIXX ID, the Shoe ID, the Ankle ID, the Wrist ID Sport, the Wrist ID Elite, and the Shoe Pouch ID. They provide various forms of ID to allow a person to decide where they want to wear their vital Identification. They encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.”
Road ID has evolved over time to offer an Interactive Emergency Response Profile. The ERP enables you update your personal information, address, health insurance provider, emergency contact, SIN / SSN, photo, pre-existing medical conditions, allergies, current medications, and more. Your Interactive Road ID provides a toll-free number and website through which your information can be accessed by responders, doctors and other health care providers.
If you’re not sold on the simple idea of Road ID, read some testimonials. I think you’ll change your mind.
Other tips to exercise outdoors safely:
- I.C.E. your phone = In Case of Emergency. Paramedics are now trained to check an individual’s mobile phone for contacts that are preceded by the acronym ICE. I recommend having multiple ICE contacts in your phone and make them people who will always answer your call when they see it’s you
- Notify someone before and after you exercise. I have recently started open water swimming and it was suggested to me that I notify the Coast Guard of when and where I was swimming and that I would check in afterwards. Road ID or not – this is great idea. The Coast Guard will know where to start looking for you in that unexpected situation.
- Exercise with a friend or in a group. Most running groups have sign in / sign out sheets.