House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses, but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. Minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address.
Emergency responders are equipped with many tools to shorten their arrival time. However, house numbers are imperative for a quick reference. The harder it is to find the numbers, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.
Take a moment to drive around after the sun has gone down and try to find a certain address that is unknown to you. It is not very easy. Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time – including during a storm or in the middle of the night.
Waterfall 3 Neighbourhood Watch encourages all residents of the area to ensure that that have clear and visible numbers for their houses, the requirements should be :
- Must be Arabic numerals. Fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.
- Need to be a minimum of 15cm high and in a contrasting color to their immediate background. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see.
- Should be displayed on a gate post, fence, mailbox, or another appropriate place that will make it visible from the street from all directions.
- Cannot be obstructed by shrubs, trees, decorations, etc.
If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers may be seen from the street.