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If an emergency happened while you were at home, would the emergency responders be able to quickly identify your house?  Here’s a test to find out if they could.  The next time you are driving back to your house, see how close you have to be before you can clearly see the house numbers.  Take the time to do it from both directions.  Then repeat the test at night.  If you are closer than the edge of your property before you can see the numbers then you should change the house numbers.

Fire safety experts recommend that house numbers should be:

  • Larger than 3" high
  • In a contrasting color to the background they are on
  • Block letters as opposed to cursive because cursive numbers are difficult to read from teh street
  • Mounted in a conspicuous place such as near the front door
  • Free from view obstruction by trees, shrubs, or other ornamental fixtures

If you have any doubts about whether the numbers can be seen, the City of Pittsburg Codes Enforcement Department will gladly come to your house and check the placement for you.

For more information, or to have your house numbers checked contact the City Of Pittsburg Public Works Department at 620-231-4170.