Around 46% of car users with a Child or Baby on board sign don’t remove them when their child isn’t in the vehicle.
We at Malibabi want to remind drivers with infants of the importance of using the sign correctly, when your child is in the car only, to help save lives in an accident or emergency.
Remove sign when your child is not in the car with you
The Malibabi baby/child on board sign comes with a handy rear view mirror reminder to take the sign out of the car if you are travelling without your child.
Why is this important?
Our emergency services – fire brigade, ambulance, police services – use them as an important sign in an emergency that a child is in the vehicle. If your car is involved in an emergency or accident, emergency services are obliged to search the car and the surrounding area for a child if there is a Baby/Child on Board sign on display.
Removing the sign when your child or baby isn’t in the car with you, could save paramedics’ time, and in so doing, could ultimately save a life. Its that important.
Our rigid vinyl signs are covered in a photoluminescent material which makes them glow-in-the-dark so they are still clearly visible at low light levels, including night time, foggy or Wintry conditions or in tunnels and when used on tinted windscreens. This means the important message that you have a baby or child on board is always clear to other drivers, no matter what the time of day or type of weather.
What exactly is Photoluminescence and how does it make the sign ‘glow-in-the-dark’?
The glow-in-the-dark material has a phosphor applied to it which absorbs light radiation and emits it back out, creating a ‘glow’. When the sign is exposed to light, it absorbs the radiation that the light gives out. Any type of light will work but the stronger the light the more radiation can be absorbed, and the better ‘charged’ the sign will be.
The ‘glow’ from the sign is the light energy that was absorbed by the light being emitted out again. Here’s the science bit: the photons within the phosphor move around rapidly, thus creating the light of the ‘glow’. Its pretty clever stuff and makes for a much safer sign.
How to ‘charge’ your sign with light
The sign will ‘charge’ in daylight in your rear car windscreen when your child is in the car with you, or when your child is not in the car, we usually remove the sign and just pop it on the front seat so that it still absorbs daylight and ‘charges’ without us having to even think about it, ready for when Mali is next in the car with us.
It will also ‘charge’ under artificial lights, as well as in natural light and should take no more than 15-20 minutes to soak up enough light to be able to illuminate in the dark, so its easy and quick to use.
If you have tinted windows or park your car in a garage or dimly lit area in the day, make sure the sign sees some daylight or artificial light for the recommend 15-20 minutes for optimum use in the dark, as the ‘glow’ will start to fade when the sign isn’t exposed to any light source for a long period of time. Don’t pop it in the boot or glove box when not in the rear windscreen, leave it on the front or back seat and it will charge by itself.
The sign will stay illuminated in the dark for up to 8 hours before it will need ‘re-charging’ with light again. You will know when you need to ‘re-charge’ the sign if it hasn’t had any light on it for a while, as the ‘glow’ will start to fade.
Best location to fix your sign in your rear car window
The safest position for the sign is in your rear windscreen in an area that doesn’t obscure your view. This will differ depending on your vehicle so we recommend fixing the sign in the bottom left or right hand corners initially, and then check your visibility in your rear view mirror and when looking directly out of the rear windscreen before settling on the sign’s final position.
Always ensure that you have a clear view of the road around you at all times.