The ELISLight® was invented to answer a growing need with cities and counties regarding reduction of 911 response times to medical emergencies. As an answer to this issue cities have been implementing regulations to have lighted house numbers on each residence. Either as part of the new construction or added as the existing home is remodeled.
On the response side the cities have been equipping fire trucks or ambulances with GPS units to better locate the emergency caller’s home. GPS is a great system however it’s as good as the cell signal. Once it’s lost the navigator uses a map book with the subdivision layouts for street addresses. In rural areas should a faulty signal occur, plot maps are used with the house numbers listed at the street opening.
Individual ambulance companies have been using what is known as staging within a given area. Staging is the placement of the ambulance in the center of a designated area with the ambulance theoretically equidistant from any residence within the area.
An issue that happens all too frequently is the caller will transpose numbers in their address due to panic during the 911 call. They may give the right street; however give the wrong house number saying 2143 instead of 2314. An error like this could mean two blocks in the city or two miles in rural areas! This causes valuable time delays to the responders. All too often the response team has to call back in to dispatch to get the correct information from the caller. In a study several years ago by USA Today, researchers concluded that over 1000 cardiac-arrest victims in the US die in part because of slow EMS response.
The “ELISLight” solves this issue! The “ELISLight” makes your home stand out in the night. The “ELISLight” adds to your visibility especially at night when homes are more difficult to find. The “ELISLight” works as soon as 911 is dialed, making your home say “Hey, I’m here!” when responders enter your street. Estimated reduction in response time to you is 15 – 30 seconds in the city. Rural areas it could be literally minutes.
Not only will the “ELISLight” work when 911 is dialed, it also has the ability to work in conjunction with alarm and senior monitoring companies equipment. “This would be a great aid to first responders. Too many times, addresses are blocked, not written clearly, not visible, or non-existent, which delays response” Says Fire Safe America President, Kevin Harcourt.