Is your #numberup?
Lives are at risk because emergency crews cannot see house numbers and property names easily. This is the message from the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
Head of Operations for Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale, Mark Begley, said:
“Some addresses can be very difficult to find, particularly in rural areas. Every second wasted because paramedics can’t find the right house has a profound effect on the outcome, so we’re encouraging everyone to spend a few minutes doing something about it.”
Emergency crews do have of sat-navs and local knowledge, but not being able to see a name or number from the roadside could result in delays reaching people who need help.
“We recommend making sure that numbers or house names are at least three inches in height and 4ft above the ground – and if the property is more that 75ft from the roadway, that the number is displayed on a postbox/gate or similar no further that 25ft from the edge of the street.”
It can be frustrating for delivery people to identify addresses but, in emergency situations, it could be the difference between life and death.
“For every minute that a patient in cardiac arrest does not receive chest compressions (CPR) or defibrillation, their chances of survival decrease by 10%.”
The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is asking households to:
- Check that the house name or number is visible from the road
- Make sure that there are no trees or bushes obstructing the sign
- Switch on, when possible, an outside light
“Time wasted looking for a hard to find property can in such instances be the difference between life and death.”