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Because help often arrives from the opposite direction of the USPS, only 50% of your street addresses are visible to a 9-1-1 responder.

Donít keep them guessing! Proudly identify your street address on BOTH sides of your mailbox using a minimum of 3-inch high white reflective numbers on a dark background.

Ask yourself, can a 9-1-1 responder see my address at 11:00 PM arriving from the opposite direction of the mail service in the rain at a distance of 100 feet traveling at 30 MPH? At that speed the address will only be visible for 2.3 seconds.

Did your 9-1-1 first responder drive past your location, maybe twice, looking for the correct address? The smartest thing you can do is have 9-1-1 address signage that works well both day and night. Review the good signage/bad signage guidelines below. Set a good example for your neighborhood!

A first responders priority is to respond to your location SAFELY! Our country legislates signage for roadway signs and vehicle signs (license plates) to assure good visibility day and night, but not property address signage. The USPS only requires one inch high letters in a contrasting color on the carrier's arrival side of the mailbox. Woefully inadequate signage can be a serious distraction to first responders, affecting both response time and safety. The difference between knowing an address and finding an address could affect your well-being.

When seconds count, help by clearly identifying your street address on BOTH sides of your mailbox using a minimum of 3-inch high white reflective numbers on a dark background.

If you live in an area that uses community mailboxes rather than individual mailboxes or you use a PO Box, it is important to display your address on your house using a minimum of 4-inch high numbers that are well lit and have a high contrast to the background, both day and night. As an alternate, place a 3 foot high post with the address sign located near the roadside, visible from both directions.

 

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Documents to Reduce 9-1-1 Delays

Reduce 9-1-1 Delays (Checklist) Items for the 9-1-1 Premise Page
Emergency Medical Data Sheet English 9-1-1 Addressing That Works
Emergency Medical Data Sheet Spanish Emergency Shut-Off Signage
Emergency Medical Data
(Long Form English
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Healthy Hydrants Guideline
Emergency Medical Data (Example) It's Okay to ASK
Alternate Key Holder Registration Sirens & Lights Guidelines
Alternate Key Holder Information Family Records Retention Forms
Become a Helpful Responder Ė Not a Helpless Bystander

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