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House Numbers Add Safety

House Numbers Add SafetyA couple of weeks ago, I took my daughter to a party. I had the address and I had a GPS in my car, but once I got to the approximate location, I couldn’t tell which house it was! None of the four houses nearby had address numbers posted on the house or the curb. And none of the mailbox numbers matched the house number I had been given.

Finally, I started going door to door, asking for the correct house.

While it only took five extra minutes, I wonder what difference that could have made in an emergency. If you were to call 911 only to have the ambulance (or police or fire crew) rush to your neighborhood, but be unable to locate you, it wouldn’t do much good.

For the convenience of your guests, proper mailing of important items, and safety for your and your family in times of emergency, please make sure your home address is clearly marked and can be seen both day and night.

There are many stylish ways to do this, with stone or ceramic house plaques, lawn address markers, metal numbers attached to walls or posts, or mailbox attachments. You can also have the numbers brightly and clearly marked on the curb in front of your home for only ten to 20 dollars — or do it yourself with some spray paint and a stencil!

Take a few minutes to check your house numbers. Make sure a newcomer or emergency personnel could find you easily.


{ 3 comments… add one }
  • susan August 12, 2011, 3:12 am

    As far as I know it should be a must and it is a must in some areas to have numbers on houses as people can get in the situation you have just described.

  • Anna August 17, 2011, 5:06 am

    I had the same situation when I had to go and ask. I can’t understand why not to put a number on the house and ease life to your guests?

  • Chris April 4, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I don’t know why people don’t get the house number plate. I also had same issue when I was looking for my friend house in Austin. I was really fed up, and yelled on him to put a house number.

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