Ambulance appeal

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YORKSHIRE ambulance bosses are urging local residents to make it easier for paramedics to find their homes in an emergency.

As winter draws in and there are fewer hours of daylight, residents in the region are being urged to make sure their house name or number is clearly visible from the road, by both day and night, so they can be found easily by ambulance staff.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s director of operations Sarah Fatchett has launched the appeal. She said: “Every second counts in a life-threatening emergency situation and if we are having difficulty in locating an address because of badly displayed and poorly lit house numbers and names, it may cause a dangerous delay.

“When our staff are responding to an emergency call, but are unable to immediately spot the house they are looking for, it can be very frustrating as they want to reach the patient as quickly as possible to provide the clinical care that they need.

“We simply ask that people check their house name or number is clearly visible from the road, make sure that there are no trees or bushes obstructing the sign and, when possible, switch on an outside light when it is dark.”