Message in a bottle could be life-saver

Message in a bottle could be life-saver

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is promoting a scheme which helps to make sure that essential medical information and next of kin contact details can be found easily in case of an emergency in someone's home.

Called Message in a Bottle, the Lions-initiated scheme provides specially marked, easy-to-close plastic canisters designed to hold important information and to be kept in the fridges of people who are elderly, vulnerable, or who have serious medical conditions or life-threatening allergies.

If emergency services teams are called to someone's home, a special sticker on their front door and another on their fridge will alert first responders to the potentially life- saving information at hand.

Burbage parish councillor Mike Hall, who is joint chair of the Community Safety Partnership which is promoting the scheme, and Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said: "While this scheme is focused on the most vulnerable in our communities, anyone of any age can have an accident at home which needs urgent attention.

"This scheme can benefit anyone, especially those who live on their own and have allergies or who take regular medication".

The canisters are free and available from venues across the borough including Hinckley Hub, Hinckley police station, Hinckley fire station and the Burbage police office in Burbage Millennium Hall.

A leaflet offering free advice or fire checks in the home by Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service will be given out with the canisters.

For more information or to find out where you can pick up a canister close to you, please contact the borough council's Community Safety Team on 01455 255746.

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:01 by Parish Council

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