House Numbers for Emergency Personnel…
Can We Find You in an Emergency?
In an emergency, police, fire and rescue workers depend on house numbers to find YOU as quickly as possible. Finding your home – especially at night – can be challenging if address numbers are unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers and may delay emergency responders from getting to you as quickly as possible.
Are your house numbers visible from the street? Are they set on a background of contrasting color? If your house is hidden from the street, are your numbers attached to a visible fence, mailbox or gate? If you live on a corner, does your house number face the street named in your address?
If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, please follow the guidelines below to make sure your house number is easy to read:
- Numbers must be visible from the street. Residential home numbering must be at least four inches high with stroke width of one half inch. If your house number is painted on the curb, it is best to have the number displayed in two places so that if one is obstructed (snow, vehicles, etc.) responders can view the other.
- Numbers should be placed on a contrasting background, with a reflective coating on the numbers for easy visibility at night.
- Repair or replace aging address number placards, especially on mailboxes that are a distance from the front of the residence.
- Prune any bushes, tree limbs or other growth that has covered your house numbers.
- Numbers should be placed on or beside the front door. If your door is not easily seen from the street, put the numbers on a post, fence or tree at the driveway entrance so they can be clearly seen from the street. In addition to numbers on the front door of your house, if you have a rural-style mailbox, reflective and contrasting numbers should be placed on both sides of the box so they can be seen by an emergency vehicle approaching from either direction.