THE AMBULANCE service covering the Essex region is urging people to not leave staff in the dark this winter.
Every minute counts in a life-threatening emergency and friends and family may feel helpless when a loved one is suffering.
However, there are simple steps people can take to help ambulance staff and community first responders to find them in the dark.
This is particularly important as the number of daylight hours reduces ahead of the shortest day next month.
The latest advice from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (EEAST) are seven simple and quick things you could do to help:
Please turn on an outside light and ensure your house name or number is clearly visible from the road.
Make sure that there are no trees, bushes or other foliage obstructing signage.
Ensure your number stands out – black on white or vice versa is best.
Switch on hazard lights on a car parked in the drive or on the road.
Mention any local landmarks or buildings you’re near when making a call.
Is there someone with you who could go outside to flag down the emergency services.
Take the ‘have it handy’ approach today: look up your home’s map grid reference in case of emergency.