Frequently seconds can make a huge difference in response to a medical emergency.
Even if the emergency isn’t a life or death situation, the length of time that someone may be in great discomfort can be impacted by the time it takes to find a location. Emergency responders don’t always know the exact location of every residence in your town and if the responder is coming as mutual aid from a nearby town its even less likely they will know your location.
Can You See Your House Number?
Your house number may not seem to be a very important element of your outdoor landscaping efforts but you shouldn’t disregard this little detail. If you can’t see the house number when you drive up to your home in the daylight then imagine how difficult it would be for a stranger to see it and then even more so in a snow storm or at night. Dark numbers on a dark background, numbers that have faded with time, numbers that have fallen off the wall or mailbox or numbers only on one side of the mailbox are all likely to contribute to a delay in locating the site of the emergency.
Using large house numbers that have reflective characteristics, placing house numbers near the street entrance to your home and keeping plant growth or snow mounds from blocking the numbers are all ways to insure a more timely response to an emergency. Large prominently displayed well lighted numbers that are visible from the road will help speed a response in an emergency. While it is ideal if someone can be waiting outside to signal the emergency responders as they arrive, even making sure an outside light is on can be helpful.
There are many people willing and able to help you in an emergency. You can make their job a little easier by making your home more visible. We can’t help you if we can’t find you.