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Monday, February 28, 2011

Make Your Home Easy to Find In an Emergency | Family Economics

By Cathe

Making the outside of your house appealing has many benefits and a great way to do that is to add decorative street address numbers. Making these numbers clear and readable can also help to keep you safe in an emergency.

Being married to a firefighter, I am well aware of how important it is that emergency first responders are able reach their victims in the quickest time possible, as even a couple of minutes can make the difference between life and death.

This is why your street address numbers are so much more than aesthetics, a convenience for visitors or to make receiving parcels easier. They ensure that police, firefighters, paramedics or animal control are able to find you as quickly as possible, day or night, when in crisis.

Here are some ways you can make your house numbers visible to ensure friends, family, mail carriers and emergency responders can see them.

1. If you live in a single-family house, your address numbers should be placed on or beside the front door and big enough to see at night, contrasting in color to the surface that is visible from the street.

2. If your door is not within view, attach numbers on a post, front gate, fence or a tree at the driveway entrance.

3. If you have a rural stand-alone mailbox, place contrasting numbers on both sides to be seen when approached from either direction.

4. If your mailbox is grouped with other boxes, look for other ways to display your house number for emergency responders.

5. Always keep objects, such as parked vehicles, play equipment or seasonal décor from obscuring the view of your house number.

6. Make certain that the numbers are well lit, repeated in a lit area, or that you use illuminated or reflective numbers.

Do you have any fun, creative ways to display your house numbers?

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On Thursday, March 10, 2011, Elise wrote

THIS is great information! Especially coming from someone who has a REAL understanding of why letters/numbers are so critical under serious circumstances, so aside from the creative opportunities, THIS is some very important food for thought! THANKS for the terrific share!

On Thursday, March 3, 2011, Pam from Ft Worth, Texas wrote

This is such good information.......I have a vinyl lettering business and have started selling very decorative yard signs with reflective vinyl. I have had such positive responses as they are not only serve a purpose but are also an attractive accent to your home......

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