This 911 sign is an example of what is needed by roadsides to help first-responders locate homes that have requested emergency help.
Friday, August 10, 2012
When a life-threatening crisis occurs, first-responders to medical emergencies act quickly because time is usually a critical factor.
But first-responders are having a difficult time getting to those needing help because of the absence of house number signs by the side of the road, said 1st Lt. Cynthia Handly with the Snow Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad.
"Minutes can mean the difference between life and death in the case of a heart attack or an asthma attack," she said. "We can't help you if we can't find you."
"Every household should have 911 numbers prominently displayed at the road to ensure we can get to you if you need us," Handly said.
The Snow Creek Rescue Squad offers the signs for $15.
Billy Ferguson, chief of operations for Franklin County Public Safety, said the signs are also available through the Boones Mill and Glade Hill rescue squads.
To check on sign availability, call the nearest rescue squad.