Clearly posted house numbers can save precious time should an emergency occur. Response time is crucial; seconds lost can mean the difference between life and death. Residents and property owners are reminded to make sure their property number is clearly visible from the street so that unnecessary delays for emergency services do not occur. Many residents overlook the fact that ordinary street numbers attached to the front of a house are often impossible to see at night. This is true regardless of the season, but it becomes particularly critical in the Winter. When daylight hours get shorter, and there is fog, rain or snow, locating a poorly marked residence from the street becomes much more difficult. While we have tools available such as GPS’s, the street number helps us zero in on a house faster.
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The following are some tips to help you determine whether your street address is properly posted:
- Go to the street in front of your structure. Can your street number be easily read from this distance?
- Is your street number obscured by the delivery flag on your mailbox, trees, shrubs, plants, porch eaves, awnings, lawn ornaments, or other novelty decorations?
- The recommended minimum size for visibility of each street number is at least four (4) inches high and one-half (1/2) inch wide. Are yours?
- Is your street number on both sides of your mail box?
- If your mailbox and your home are on opposite sides of the street, consider adding a reflective arrow pointing toward your house?
The City of Hermitage requires all residential dwellings…to post their street number in a visible manner on their structure, as well as their mailbox. See the city web site (Ordinance No. 4-2006). If you do not have an assigned street number please contact the city building to have one assigned.