Visible House Numbers Decrease Response Time
How easy is it to find your house after dark, let alone in the middle of the day, relying solely on your house numbers? If you or someone in your home is experiencing a medical emergency, or there's a fire, minutes matter and can mean the difference between life and death. Since my husband is a Fire Chief, this subject is near and dear to my heart. While firefighters may be equipped with tools to help them improve arrival time, such as GPS, house numbers are truly essential as a quick reference. It's really pretty simple: the smaller the numbers and harder they are to find, the longer it will take Fire Rescue emergency personnel to arrive at the scene. The Live Safe Foundation has offered the following tips on some of the basic requirements for house numbers:
Must be Arabic numerals. Fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.
Need to be a minimum of four inches high and in a contrasting color to their immediate background. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see.
Must be displayed on the front of the dwelling and visible from the street.
If the dwelling is located more than 45 feet from the front lot line, the numbers should be displayed on a gate post, fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible from all directions when approaching from the street.
Cannot be obstructed by shrubs, trees, decorations, etc.
Please take a moment to step back and look at your house numbers during daylight hours and again after dark to see if they follow the above guidelines. Can you see them clearly and are they well lit at night? Do the same for your family, friends, and neighbors. This small step will help emergency crews find you easier and faster when minutes matter.
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