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Thursday, January 31, 2013
illuminated-address-plaqueCan Emergency Help Find You?
In the case of an emergency, you want the rescue workers, whether they are police, firefighters or emergency medical technicians, to be able to reach you quickly. These emergency workers depend on your address's visibility to assist them at critical times. This problem is compounded at night. Many homes and apartments have addresses that are hidden, have numbers missing, or are unlit, making them virtually invisible in the dark. These simple oversights may cause a tragic delay if an emergency occurs.


Can your house numbers be seen from the street? Are they on a background that provides contrast, such as black numbers on white or light numbers on a dark background? If your house can not be seen from the street due to trees or a long driveway, is your address prominently displayed on a mailbox, painted on a curb, or attached to a fence?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you're placing yourself and your family in jeopardy. Thankfully, there are some very simple things you can do to make sure your home is easy to find in the event of an emergency.

First, look at how your address is displayed. It absolutely must be visible from the street. The general rule is to have the numbers and letters in your address at least four inches high to ensure maximum visibility.
When displaying your address, consider the background. Black metal numbers on a dark house are practically invisible, even in broad daylight. Make sure to contrast the address with the background to make it easier to see and read. You can take this even further by purchasing reflective letters and numbers or lighted numbers. This gives your address more chance of being seen easily in the dark.

If your address is displayed on your mailbox, make sure it is in good repair. Check regularly to ensure no numbers or letters have fallen off or faded due to weather.

Are there trees, bushes, or shrubs covering your address? Prune them back so the address can be seen. Make this part of your regular yard maintenance to ensure the address stays visible.

One address sign is not enough. Place one next to the front door, one on either side of your mailbox, one on the curb (if your area allows this) and one on any prominent yard decoration such as a lantern.

Reflective numbers are best for placing on a curbside mailbox or other smooth surface near the street. Lighted numbers are best to place near your door.

These quick and simple tasks can ensure that if an emergency occurs, help won't be delayed because of a hidden address Its all about your safety!

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