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Exterior light for emergencies
By Jerry Cegelske


February 23, 2006
Thursday PM

There are some new things on the market to help emergency personnel find you when you need their help.  Now that you have taken the time to make sure there is an address sign visible from the highway for them to locate you and your home.  "You did do that didn't you?", no, well what is your excuse this time?  You're not going to make this easy for them are you?  I didn't think so.   What was your nickname?  Oh yes, Ketchikan's Greatest Procrastinator!  Don't you just love the way it rolls off your tongue?  Well, for those of you that want to be found in an emergency, have gone through the trouble of putting up some good signs and house numbers, here's something else you may want to get.
There is a light bulb with a computer chip in it which sells for about $20.00.  When you need to attract attention to your home, you turn the light on and off three times and then the light will continue to flash until it is shut off.  Sounds like a good investment to me.  You may not think so, but you KNOW nothing is ever going to happen to YOU!.  Well think of others and what emergency needs they may have.  (There are things called accidents that happen to everyone else.  The time to help them is now, before they will need the help of others.)  The bulb is called the 911 Beacon and you can ask for them at local stores and hopefully they will get them in soon.  I plan to get one.
Now get your street sign up where the emergency personnel can see it!  Help them help you in your time of need!

Jerry Cegelske
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Jerry Cegelske is the Borough Code Enforcement Officer and is a retired  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent, trying to make Ketchikan cleaner and a better place to live.


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