Adding Visible Numbers to Your House May Be Lifesaving

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- Having visible numbers in front of your home can make a big difference when it comes to an emergency.

Xavia Gary knows his home can be sometimes hard to spot.

"It is easy during the day to find our house, but at nighttime, it's pretty hard," said Gary

He lives in rented house and its numbers are hard to see from the street.

Usually people post the house numbers on their mailbox by the curb.

Jeff Morris with the Harrisonburg Fire Department said if you live in Rockingham County and your home is 50 feet away from the curb you do have to post your address near the street.

"We don't have any assigned mailboxes here in the yard with a big number that shows our address. We just have a small number that is attached to the house," said Gary.

Morris said visible numbers are vital when it comes to an emergency.

"Time is of the essence, a fire doubles in its size about every 30 seconds or less, so it's pretty important that we get there as quickly as we can," said Morris.

The department uses a computer system that shows firefighters a layout of the street, but they still have to look at house numbers to respond to a call.

Morris said the numbers have to be four inches high and a half inch wide, that is in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

The numbers on Gary's house are only an inch and a half high.

"The issues are when they have a medical emergency or some type of police emergency. You know something you can't readily identify so that causes a big delay," said Morris.

For Gary any delay can be harmful; that's why he will bring this up to his landlord.

"In a minute, the room can be trapped with fire or in a minute someone can be in that room. That minute can save us in any incident," said Gary.

If the numbers are not visible from the road, Morris recommends neighbors to post them along the street.

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