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Stratford EMS Offers Safety Tips For Winter Emergencies

A nor'easter turns Harbor Avenue in Bridgeport into a winter wonderland.
A nor'easter turns Harbor Avenue in Bridgeport into a winter wonderland. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

STRATFORD, Conn. — As a nor'easter continued to rage over the region Saturday, Stratford Emergency Medical Services offered tips for those who might have to call for emergency help this winter season.

Snow and untrimmed bushes can impede the ability for EMS staff to reach you. Have someone plow or shovel as soon as possible after a snowstorm, said EMS Director Michael Loiz. Keep stairways clear and in good repair and trim bushes near your driveway and walkways.

Those who may need assistance should make their homes a beacon, Loiz said.

EMTs have detailed maps and GPS devices, but bad signage and lighting can make finding you difficult and cause crucial delays. Use abundant lighting and consider reflective numbers or curb paint to mark your home clearly.

In an emergency, you may not be able to unlock your door, requiring EMTs and firefighters to break it down. Stow a spare key in a lockbox outside the house and call Stratford EMS to have the combination stored in the dispatchers’ database.

When you can 911, tell the dispatcher where the box is.

Clutter in the home can keep EMTs from getting a stretcher in or delay lifesaving CPR, Loiz said. Clear paths and provide open space around a bedbound person, if necessary. Keep pets out of the way.

If you or a family member or caregiver has dialed 911, stay on the line. The dispatcher may have important questions or directions, Loiz said.

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