Response to Serious Hatzolah Call Delayed Due to Lack of Proper Address Lighting

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.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. As a 4 decades hatzalah veteran, I constantly preach this.

    An inexpensive (sometimes, depending on the setting) are vinyl reflective letters. The professional ones that a sign maker cuts. 3M brand.

    Make them 8″ tall in white or red and paste it onto a clean storm window or anywhere it can be easily seen from the street when a light is shone on it.

    Also, put reflective letters on BOTH sides of the mailbox (if a private home).

    And of course, as the article mentions, try to send someone to flag the responders EVEN ON SHABBOS!!

    May you never need our services, amein!

  2. As a neighbor to this call there is nothing We could do . We rent from one of the largest landlords here in the “west side ” of Lakewood who could care less about any one of us We have made many attempts to have them update the Signage in these buildings SOME HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED IN 15 YEARS pealing numbers address signage are not lit up besides being confusing (front and back and side streets ) when we contact them MR. C basically laughs at us Our local hatzolah members always have a difficult time finding our apt !!!!!
    Thank you Lakewood Scoop for bringing this out to the public maybe this will bring change

  3. Some facts are missing here
    This particular call happened in a rental apt building which is known for its poorly addressed mngt has been made aware many times yet opt to ignore
    one lame excuse was who will pay for the electric ????

  4. The vinyl reflective letters and peel and stick. NO talent is required. ANY local sign maker can produce it for a few dollars.

    If your landlord is a slumlord, invest the few bucks. It may save a life and cost you less than a pizza night out with the kids.

  5. I’ve noticed that the fancier the home the less visible the numbers. I walk down lots of streets at night, see all these nice new houses, yet the address is in miniscule illegible script, since everyone is trying to outdo the next

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