An Oklahoma man says he is trying to change how fast first responders can make it to a house when someone is in need. His new invention is a special light bulb called “The Locator 911” and it launched this week for anyone to buy.
Johnathan Harrison was a paramedic for 25 years and said he was in many situations where they couldn’t find the person who needed help because the address didn’t come up properly in GPS systems. He said sometimes the GPS will give a general location, like a street in a neighborhood, but not always the exact house.
Harrison said the inspiration for this light bulb invention came in 2009 when a call came to his unit for a two-year-old in cardiac arrest, but when they got to the location, they couldn’t find the child.
“When we finally got to the correct driveway there were four mobile homes scattered, we had no idea which to go to,” Harrison said.
He said they ran to all four homes looking for the mom and child, but that added four minutes to their response time. He said when they finally found the child, it was too late.
“I don’t know that those four minutes would’ve made any difference in that situation, only God knows that for sure,” Harrison said. “But I do know that I think about those four minutes every day.”
Fast forward thirteen years, and “The Locator 911” bulb has now launched.
“When and if you need 911 services, you make the call through the app and it immediately changes from regular bulb to strobing color-changing beacon and draws attention to your home, it can cut minutes down for responders,” Harrison said.
There is also a manual option in the app that allows users to turn on or off the flashing lights at any time. If you call 911 as normal on your phone, you can still turn on the lights through the manual button on the app. That process takes less than ten seconds. The app can connect up to five bulbs in one household to come on separately or together.
Later this year, Harrison said they will also be launching a button necklace that can trigger the lights for anyone that doesn’t have a smartphone to connect the app to. He said this is something they wanted to develop to cater to the elderly population who may not use smartphones.
“I know that this thing is going to save lives and if it can save one person then my job is done,” Harrison said.
He said the bulbs will last ten years if used for eight hours a day 365 days a year.
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