Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Well-Marked Addresses Critical For Emergency Responders

AddressWhen a person dials 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers are trained to send first responders to the emergency as fast as possible.  This help might be for a person having a heart attack or stroke, it may be for a child who is choking or drowning, it could be a house or a wildland fire, it may even be a home burglary or a prowler.  These are all examples of emergencies where every second counts!

But all too often emergency personnel waste valuable time searching for victims because of poor street addressing.  Imagine trying to find a house at 3 o’clock in the morning, it’s dark, maybe foggy, rainy, and the home has very small, camouflaged, or NO address numbers posted at all.  This is a significant problem in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

Current fire code requires address numbers to be a minimum of 6 inches tall with a ½” stroke.  The addressing must be clearly posted at the driveway entrances and on the home in highly visible locations.  This is especially necessary on the rural country roads of our county.

CAL Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire Chief Robert Lewin has directed fire prevention personnel to canvas all local hardware stores to ensure plenty of stock on hand of the large 6 inch reflectorized address numbers.  Chief Lewin also wants to remind residents of just how important this is: “We can’t help you, if we can’t find you.”