The lack of proper address lighting at a home in Lakewood delayed the response to a serious call, Hatzolah of Central Jersey exclusively told TLS.
Several days ago, a Lakewood resident called Hatzolah with a very serious call, but it took members longer than usual to arrive due to the fact that they could not locate the address.
“This is a very serious issue,” Hatzolah told TLS. “Not having lit up addresses can waste precious time and can Chas V’shalom lead to terrible results.”
He added, “As is, members are under a lot of pressure to get to the call quickly and safely, and not being able to locate the address in time creates unnecessary added stress.”
In this particular case, any further delays could have R”L had a terrible outcome.
In response, Hatzolah officials are urging residents to ensure they’re home addresses are well lit.
“Whether they are illuminated address numbers or additional lighting near the address, it doesn’t matter, as long as we can see the address clearly is what counts,” Hatzolah said.
“If need be, stand outside and hold a flashlight to flag down the member, even on Shabbos,” Hatzolah says.