CAN EMERGENCY SERVICES FIND YOUR HOUSE?

CAN EMERGENCY SERVICES FIND YOUR HOUSE?

You might not think about your house numbers on a daily basis, but making sure they’re visible can save your life. Every second counts when responding to an emergency call, and time spent trying to find your home is time wasted. Managing editor Tami Roleff has tips from the San Bernardino County Fire Department on how to make sure emergency responders can find your house…
House numbers should be posted near the front door, above eye level, and in a well-lit area. Avoid fancy-looking numbers; stick with basic Arabic numerals, at least four inches high. Make sure the numbers contrast the paint color of the house. Avoid bronze or brass numbers, they may look nice in the store, but they’re difficult to read on any background. In addition to numbers on your house, it’s also smart to put numbers on both sides of your mailbox. Anything you can do to make it easier for emergency responders to find your home, the better.
While having your house numbers painted on the curb can also be useful, be cautious of any notices posted to your home about curb painting. It is a common scam; someone will leave a notice that your house numbers will be painted on your curb for a fee. Contact your city to see if they require curb numbers and if it is a service they provide.
Some other things to keep in mind:
Make sure that your house numbers are easily seen from 150 feet.
If your house is at the end of a long lane, or driveway, post house numbers near the street where cars enter your property.
Numbers should be easy to see in both the day and night.
Check periodically to make sure that trees, bushes or shrubbery don’t obscure your house numbers.
It is not necessary to include the street name on your house or mail box, especially if it forces a reduction in the physical size of the house numbers.
For more helpful tips, visit www.sbcfire.org.

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1 comment to CAN EMERGENCY SERVICES FIND YOUR HOUSE?

  • jack

    And, it’s important to use the real name of the road you are on. Out in Landers, some roads go by several names. County Land Use Services will supply the actual address for a parcel number, for a fee, which used to be 85 bucks.

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