Parking for ambulance, but no house numbers , maybe it's up to the patient to find the ambulance.
Sat-navs help but not being able to see a number clearly from the road could result in delays reaching people.
Post codes often contain multiple house numbers.
There is a lot to be said about the importance of a house number looking good. But house numbers are especially important for another reason. Locating us in an emergency.
The crews in emergency vehicles are often frustrated (especially at night) by householders who don't display easy-to-read house numbers on their homes. This may cause a delay in reaching the patient as the crew struggles to locate the incident address and find house numbers along a residential road.
There may come a time when we need the fire service, ambulance or police, they need to know where we are so they can get to us quickly
We give our house number and postcode to the operator, But what use is it if they can’t see the number, it's invisible? The various campaigns run by the emergency over the years like the "999 where are you" one featured on this website have helped create awareness, But! and it's a big but, the emergency services will tell you that life threatening time is still being wasted looking for house numbers, especially at night.
Whinging about poor response times is one thing, helping to reduce them by doing something as simple as making our homes easy to find, especially at night really helps.
Ask yourself these questions.
Borrowed from the Dorset police campaign
Drive down your road as fast as you safely can within the speed limit (don't break the law or you may inadvertently be the one wasting the emergency services time), to see the problem for yourself, ask your passenger to count how many house numbers you cant see.
The police, ambulance and fire services will tell you how widespread the problem still is and how much time is wasted and what the response from some members of the public has been.
The response to the various campaigns has been mostly positive.
These responses to an awareness campaign could be seen as funny if they weren't so thick! There real too!
Where to fit it.
What Colour is best.
I can’t stress the importance of being visible to the emergency services who work tirelessly to save lives every day. We could write about it, promote it and moan about it until the cows come home but seriously, help make their job easier by getting your house number sorted.
I'm a paramedic and it drives me (and my colleagues) nuts how some properties are all but hidden when you are trying to find them.
I lost several minutes last night responding to a 999 trying to find one property where it, and its neighbours, had no numbers visible from the road. Owners either don't think about it, or don't care, that the emergency services cannot find their property quickly when someone might be dying.
Thanks for your post (name and address supplied).
Who else is going nuts wasting time looking for your home and would benefit from an easily found house number.
All Tradesmen (most of them are self employed and to whom time means money) electric meter readers, the gas board, and the poorly paid Amazon delivery man all need to find you quickly, or turn an eight hour working day into a lot longer. Most are too polite and well trained to tell you to your face, SO here are a few. Real Responses to this article
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