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A POTENTIALLY life-saving scheme supported by Dublin Fire Brigade, which makes vulnerable people feel safer, at home is being rolled out for its fourth year.

The Message in a Bottle information scheme, operated by the Lions Club, has helped more than 90,000 vulnerable people across Ireland.

Users of the scheme fill out forms detailing any medical conditions, allergies and next-of-kin contacts.

This information is placed inside the bottle which is stored in the fridge and labels are applied to the fridge, as well as front and back doors to alert emergency services if they are called to the house.

Speaking at Message in a Bottle Day to launch the programme for 2014, Lions Club project leader, Michael Clince, said the scheme had the potential to save lives.

"In an emergency, every second counts and gaining access to critical medical data can save lives," he added.

An additional 40,000 bottles will be distributed over the coming months, including 6,000 by the Dublin Fire Brigade.

One user of the service, John Culhane, (82), (inset) from Sutton in Dublin 13, has had heart surgery twice.

He said knowing his medical information was easily available to emergency service staff gave him some "peace of mind".