Can Emergency Responders Find Your House?
From the Lakeside Park newsletter
Col. Christopher J. Schutte, Chief of Police
Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police Department
Seconds count in an emergency. If you need assistance from emergency responders, they need to be able to quickly locate your residence. Therefore if your address numbers are not displayed or are not clearly visible, it can delay an emergency response to your home. For example, having numbers that are not easily identifiable such as very small numbers or dark numbers mounted to a dark surface, can be quite ineffective. Address numbers painted on the curb can also have inherent drawbacks, such as a vehicle, leaves, snow, or other debris obstructing the numbers.
For these reasons, it is recommended to affix the address numbers to the mailbox or the house in a conspicuous location that is highly visible from the street such as near the front door or garage door.
Additional considerations are to have dark numbers on a light colored surface or light colored numbers on a dark surface. The numbers should also be of sufficient size to be easily visible from the street.
Emergency responders are well trained and ready to assist any citizen, however, they need to be able to quickly identify your house when they respond. Highly visible address numbers can greatly aid the first responders in providing the critical, necessary and potentially lifesaving service which they are trained to deliver.