Brundall First Responders have recently contacted us about a very real and serious issue facing them and the emergency services in general. How to identify properties when called to an emergency situation.
Living in a rural area with many side roads, house names and overgrown hedges the emergency services have a real challenge on their hands. A problem which may just cost you your life.
The following is an extract from a letter to me from Brundall First Responders. It made me think and I wanted to share this with you.
‘I hope they get here soon’. The person you’ve known for so long can hardly breathe and all you want is someone to walk through the door and tell you everything will be alright.
You look at them, they look pale and tired, and their eyes keep closing, ‘please hurry up’ your mind races, time is slipping by and it seems ages since you first called 999. You can’t believe this is happening to you…
I’d got the call, I was there. I looked about; the moon was mostly covered by cloud tonight. I drove slowly along the street, aarrgghh if only it wasn’t pitch black, I might be able to find the house! It was no good, I was going to have to park up and walk.
I walked the length of one side of the street, no sign. I started worrying, I started thinking that in one of these houses someone’s life could be hanging in the balance. Hard work walking up and down carrying a torch and all my medical equipment. I gave up, I called control and asked for directions, they said it was ‘somewhere in the middle’ great, so I was down to a choice of 50 houses. Precious minutes have passed…
This story is not real, although it is made up of several real incidents where one of the biggest issues facing emergency services is houses with no visible signs of identification.
Local Community First Responders will be sent to any potentially life threatening situation, and in the case of sudden cardiac arrest early use of a defibrillator can improve a person’s chance of survival considerably – 40% to 90% when used in the first 1 to 4 minutes. You have a 20% chance of survival up to 8 minutes when treated with a defibrillator compared to basic CPR alone. Nearly three quarters of cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur outside the hospital setting and survivors of it have a good prognosis.
So join our Glow your Number! campaign and be seen.
How to make your property more visible?
(1) Make sure you have a house number or name clearly visible from both directions of travel.
Many properties only have one number on the side of a driveway. These cannot always be seen from the road at night.
(2) Make sure that your number is not overgrown.
Hedges and shrubs can grow quickly and your house number may not be seen.
(3) Can your number be seen at night?
In areas without street lighting this can be a real problem. A light by your house number can make all the difference. This does not have to be a complicated solution as solar technology has progressed over the past few years and a number of products will provide a good light even through a British Winter.
Want to know more about our potential solutions then please see below.
Install a brand new house name plate or number with our special offer.
For the past 9 years we have been working with the House Name Plate company to supply attractive house names and numbers.
This company offers high quality signs and numbers to clearly identify your property. Made from a variety of materials including, slate, aluminum, ceramics and plastic, these products are both durable and attractive.
The House Name Plate company have offered us a special promotion of a 20% discount on their standard catalogue price until the end of October 2015.
This means that you have an exclusive offer to ensure that your property is clearly identified.
If you would like to know more simply call in store where we will be able to provide you with a catalogue of the products available. We also have a display of the popular products available so that you can examine the quality.
Overgrown hedges and plants climbing over the front of properties can cause a problem for the emergency services. They may simply not be able to see your property name or number.
This is a really common problem where the house name or number is displayed on a fence near the road. These areas frequently have hedging which can quickly cover the number.
The solution is simple. Make sure that you cut back any overgrown hedges or plants.
To help you along your way we have a small selection of Draper Secateurs at a special reduced price. In fact we are offering 50% off for readers of the special edition newsletter. So instead of our normal price of £4.99 you can purchase these for just £2.50.
We do have limited stock at this price so if you do wish to take advantage of this offer please call in store today and ask a member of staff. These secateurs will not be on general sale at this price!
For heavier pruning tasks we hold a good range of loppers, pruning saws, bow saws etc. For the really serious job hand axes and felling axes can be purchased.
Light that number up!
So you’re a member of the emergency services trying to find a house at night. The house may have a house name or number clearly visible during the day but not so visible at night.
Running electric cable to lights to illuminate a sign or number may be a problem. Not now!
In stock we have a solar powered light ideal for the job.
Place the light over the house name or number and attach it to the included solar panel. This will provide enough energy to illuminate your sign. Designed to work during a typical British Winter.
This light is motion activated so when a pedestrian or vehicle approaches your property enough light will be generated to highlight your house name or number. Simple!
We have a number of lighting solutions in store, not just solar, including a range of low energy LED light bulbs. These are ideal for external lighting as they can be left on all night with very little cost.
If you are unsure what type of LED bulb to purchase, bring in an existing bulb and we will be pleased to provide the necessary advice.
With a little bit of forethought and planning it is possible to really ensure that your property can be identified – particularly in an emergency situation. At Brundall Home Hardware we have been delighted to support our local First Responders and compile a series of special offers for our customers.