Placement of Property Addresses are Key to Locating Homes Quickly
When Dispatched in an emergency, there is nothing more frustrating for a First Responder than not being able to locate the property, because the address is not visible or is missing from the building or mailbox. The Glendale Fire Department would like to discuss how our citizens and property owners can assist in emergencies.
Consider the following information:
- Once a person stops breathing, the body can only be without oxygen for less than 4 minutes before irreversible brain damage occurs.
- Fires that are openly burning will double in size every 30 seconds.
Here are some suggestions on making sure your home address is up to par.
- Ensure that the address numbers are at a minimum of 4 1/2 " in height and the stroke of the number is at a minimum of 1/2" wide.
- Make sure the color of the numbers are on a contrasting background. If the color of your home or business has a dark background, make sure the numbers are white or very bright and do not blend into the background.
- Go to the front of your property and see if your address is visible from the street. Make sure you also check the address for visibility when it is dark outside.
- Check to see that they are not obstructed by landscaping or other structures in the yard.
- During the hours of darkness, it is very challenging to locate a property address. Make sure the address is illuminated so it is visible at night or in bad weather.
- Make sure the address is visible from the entry point of the property. If the address numbers are mounted on a mailbox, make sure it is posted on both sides of the mailbox or post.
- During an emergency, it is helpful to turn on outside lights. If possible, it is also helpful to have someone in front of the residence to guide in first responders.