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IS YOUR HOUSE NUMBER VISIBLE FROM THE STREET?
Your address number can be the difference between life and death. House numbers can greatly assist fire-fighters or paramedics in arriving on time in times of emergency. Fires, crimes, or accidents in your home or the roads outside will all require the speedy arrival of emergency workers.
In an emergency, Wexford Volunteer Fire Company, the Northern Regional Police Department and McCandless Franklin Park Ambulance Authority depend on your house numbers to find you as quickly as possible. Finding your home, especially at night, can be challenging if address numbers are unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers. By not having readable numbers, this could delay first responders in getting to you quickly. If you can’t see your house numbers from the street, neither can first responders.
The following recommendations will ensure that your house number is placed where it can be seen by emergency responders, postal services, courier companies, and so on.
How to Display Your House Number
Remember, house numbers could be a lifesaver in case of an emergency, so you want to make sure you have them visible, large and in the right color!
The newly adopted 2015 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE® requires address identification numbers.
501.2 Address identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of ½ inch (12.7 mm). Where required by the fire code official, address identification shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. Where access is by means of a private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure. Address identification shall be maintained.
Building Official Comments:
The code requires buildings to have plainly visible and legible address numbers posted on the building or in such a place on the property that the building may be identified by emergency services, such as fire, medical and police. The primary concern is that emergency forces should be able to locate the building without going through a lengthy search procedure. In furthering the concept, the code states that the approved street numbers must be placed in a location readily visible from the street or roadway fronting the property if a sign on the building would not be visible from the street. Address posting on a mailbox is not adequate for emergency responders when they are grouped or placed across the street from the dwelling. This section also give the fire code official the authority to require address identification in other locations to facilitate emergency response. Easily legible numbers are essential for rapid response of emergency personnel.
Please call the Township of Pine Building Department at (724) 625-1636, extension 122 with any questions. Thank you for your assistance.