Three new defibrillators powered by renewable energy have been installed at city parks in Leicester. The defibrillators, which are the first of their kind in the UK, each have a solar panel and wind turbine to provide the power needed to keep them in top condition. Public-access defibrillators are usually situated in a cabinet to keep them safe and protect them from the elements. However, the cabinets typically need a power supply to keep them warm and dry. Because they need to be located near to a power supply, defibrillators are often near buildings and not in remote locations, which is a problem the renewable power unit aims to solve. Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair says the council has set aside £65,000 to make defibrillators readily available in all of the city’s parks and open spaces. ‘We’re committed to making our parks as “heart safe” as possible,’ she … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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