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Check the Size of Your Home’s Address Number

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WHY DO THIS?


If your home’s address number isn’t visible from the main road (or it’s too small to read), the police and fire department won’t be able to find your house in an emergency! Seconds and minutes can make a huge difference in these dangerous situations, so protect your family by making sure your home is easy to identify!

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

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    Can you see your numbers? When it’s light out, go outside and stand beside the main road near your home. Is your address number easy to see from the road? If it is, that’s great! Wait until it’s dark, and then check again (make sure you turn on any exterior lights first). If your address is visible in both situations, mark this to-do as complete!

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    Clear away offenders. If your address number is large enough, but it’s being obstructed by something like a plant or tree branch, clear the offender. To learn how, read: Prune Bushes and Trim Trees.

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    If your address number is too small to read, it’s time for an upgrade. Safety inspectors recommend that your numbers be at least 3-6 inches tall and a color that contrasts with the exterior of your house. You can purchase these at your local hardware store or make these DIY house numbers. If your number was large enough to read, but couldn’t be seen at night, move it so that it’s located under a porch light.

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    It’s also a good idea to add reflective numbers to your mailbox if your house isn’t visible from the main road.

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