Is Your House Number Visible?

The importance of having an address number on your home can not be emphasized enough. All too often across the country, fire and EMS emergency responses are delayed as responders attempt to locate the correct address. When someone calls 911 for an emergency, we are dispatched accordingly- for example, "Station 82-1, number 123 Perseverance Drive, oven fire." Suppose Perseverance Drive is a street full of businesses and/or houses with no readily visible numbers on either the buildings or the mailboxes. Now consider it is a dark rainy night, and we can't find the correct building since we can't see any numbers. The oven fire may quickly become a full-blown kitchen fire or worse before we arrive.

In an effort to serve you better, we are requesting that residents and business owners cooperate in posting their street numbers on their homes and mailboxes.

A few suggested guidelines:

  • The numbers on residences should be at least 3 inches high and the numbers on businesses should be at least 4 inches high.
  • Numbers should be a contrasting color to the background.
  • Numbers should be placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance, so that they can be easily detected from the street.
  • If the entrance is more than 50 feet from the street, or cannot be seen from the street, a second set of numbers should also be displayed on the mailbox or on a post at the street or end of the drive.
  • Remember - your mailman always comes the same way. Fire trucks, ambulances and police cars may come from any direction. Be sure to mark BOTH sides of your mailbox or mark your house number in such a way that it may be easily seen, no matter which direction they are approaching.
  • Reflective numbers are highly recommended.
    At the very least, any house number is better than none at all.

Another concern to consider is that depending on the emergency, we may have mutual aid assistance responding from a neighboring town, and they may not be familiar with the streets and numbering, particularly those streets with gaps in numbering. This is all the more reason to have a house number clearly posted by your front door.

You never know when you may be the next one to call 911 for an emergency. Be sure your house number is posted AND VISIBLE FROM THE ROAD so you can be found as quickly as possible as every minute counts.

Help us, help you!


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