Can Your House Be Easily Identified?

When emergency strikes – will responders be able to clearly identify your house? The top thing you can do is to make certain that your home is clearly marked with your address.

Below are some visibility tips so that first responders can easily locate your house in an emergency:

Visible from Both Directions

Posting your address number on your mailbox makes it easier for responders to find you, but remember, numbers should be posted on both sides of the mailbox. Emergency vehicles may not arrive from the same direction as your mail carrier.

In addition to posting numbers on your mailbox, the entry to your driveway should be marked with your 9-1-1 address numbers if the mailbox sits across the road from your house.

Visible in the Dark

Responders may need to find you at night. Illuminate any numbers on your house at nighttime. Numbers on a mailbox or post at the end of your driveway should be reflective and on a highly contrasting background to ensure they’re easy to see at night.

Use Large Numbers

When creating 9-1-1 address number signs, use numbers that are at least 3 inches high.

Locate Near the Road

If your house is not visible from the road, it is important that you post numbers on a sign, post, or pole so they can be clearly seen from the road. If your house is hidden from view at the beginning of the driveway, only posting numbers on your home does not help responders recognize where you live as they are driving by. It is not recommended that you post the number on a gate or fence at the driveway because those numbers aren’t visible when the gate is open.

Post Twice on Long or Shared Driveways

If your driveway leads to more than one address, post all numbers at the end of the driveway. Then post the correct number on each house or building.

Uncover the Numbers

Remember to frequently trim any bushes, weeds, flowers, or grass away from your signs so that all numbers are clearly visible. If you have hanging flowers, flags, or other items on your porch that block your 9-1-1 address numbers from being seen quickly by responders, move them.

Shared Mailbox Area

If your mailbox is located on a community post with other mailboxes, it is extremely important that you also post your address at the end of your driveway. It is difficult for an emergency responder to know which house is yours when there are shared mailboxes in an area and no signage on your driveway to identify your home.

Purchase or Create Your Signs

Remember, in an emergency, seconds can make a life-saving difference. Make sure your 9-1-1 address numbers are posted on your house or business and are also posted where they are easy to see from the road. You can purchase street numbers and 9-1-1 address sign kits at most hardware stores, department stores, and online. If you decide to make your own sign, remember to use reflective numbers so they can be seen at night, as well as during the day.

Put It to the Test

The next time you venture out, drive the road to your house in both directions during the day and at night. Pretend you’ve never been to your home before and see how quickly you can spot your 9-1-1 address numbers as you approach your driveway and then your home.