Ambulance service calls for visible property numbering
IN AN emergency in your business or at your home, the last thing you would want is for the emergency services to have no way to find your location.
Lack of numbering on businesses and homes in the Sunshine Coast region is still a major problem for paramedics and other emergency services and they are asking the community to help them out.
Queensland Ambulance Service Sunshine Coast Local Ambulance Service Network Assistant Commissioner Chris Broomfield said it was a problem paramedics faced all too often and the consequences could mean the difference between life and death.
"On rural blocks, houses aren't often visible from the roadside so it's important landholders clearly display their house number, ideally with large reflective numbers on their letterbox, or by erecting signage clearly displaying it, along with the name of their property," Mr Broomfield said.
Mr Broomfield said residents in built-up areas needed to heed the call too, not just those in rural areas.
"Seconds really do count in an emergency and valuable time is wasted looking for what can be a needle in a haystack, especially if numbers are covered by trees or are missing. We're asking the community to help us help them.
"Please don't put us in a situation where we're circling your street knowing a patient so close-by desperately needs us, and we're unable to help."
The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce undertook a numbering project on Bulcock St more than 10 years ago and past president Loretta Searchfield said that since that time the constant shop front changes have made most of the numbering disappear.
"They definitely need to be numbered, it's not quite as bad these days with GPS but the frontages should have numbers displayed," she said.
Caloundra Safe Chair Ron Strong brought up the issue of lack of numbering at a recent Caloundra Safe meeting, agreeing with the emergency services that the onus was on the business owner or household owner to keep their numbering visible and up-to-date.
"We are also encouraging the community to take part in the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce's revitalisation survey and help bring up other safety issues in the area to help improve Bulcock St."