New safety stickers help firemen locate vulnerable residents
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
Adhesive fire safety stickers have been given to vulnerable residents in Watford as part of a new fire safety pilot.
The health and safety stickers will be attached to the doors of residents who are unable to leave their homes in an emergency in Field Way, in the Mill End part of the town, the Watford Observer reports.
They are luminescent, so that fire crews can easily locate them in the event of an emergency and if smoke or darkness makes visibility difficult.
Called the Stay Put scheme, it is the brainchild of fire watch commander Neil Nash.
"I came up with the idea from personal experience as a fire fighter. This is the only policy of its type that we know of," he told the newspaper.
"Valuable time can be saved in an emergency situation if the fire crew knows where to find the most vulnerable residents."
The initiative has been funded by Thrive Homes, which manages sheltered housing in the area.
This month, safety stickers were used to combat crime as part of a neighbourhood watch scheme in Padiham, Lancashire.
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