North West Ambulance Service has launched a campaign, #HelpUsFindYou, to encourage people to make their houses visible in case of an emergency as well as providing advice on how to be found by the ambulance service as quickly as possible.
Vital minutes in an emergency can be lost when ambulance crews are looking for houses in the dark and, in life-threatening emergencies, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Take a look at the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
To help the ambulance service find you:
- check your house number is visible from the road in the dark
- switch on outside lights
- make sure there are no bushes or fences blocking the view and that it is noticeable when cars and vans park outside
- if your house has a name, display the number as well
Other ways you can help emergency services find you include:
- ensure children know how to say their address and how to contact the ambulance service as soon as they are able to.
- smart phones can plot exact location co-ordinates in their map facilities, take some time to see how this works on your device.
- take notice of motorway markers, junctions and road signs so that you can explain where you are – don’t just rely on the sat-nav.
- look out for small blue driver location signs every 500 metres on motorways and some major A roads. Providing the details written on the sign nearest to the emergency will help crews get to you.
So, as you drive up to your house tonight, take a moment to think: could an ambulance identify my house in an emergency? Make sure you have a house number and that it’s easily seen in the dark. We hope you never need @nwambulance but just in case, #HelpUsFindYou