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Post house numbers, save a life

Pulaski county emergency service agencies are asking all residents to make sure their house numbers are visible from the street.
When emergency units respond to a call, valuable time can be lost trying to find house numbers to pinpoint the location of the call, according to Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson. In some cases, the delay could mean the difference between life and death.
That is why the fire marshal’s office, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski County Wildfire Risk Mitigation Committee have joined together to issue this appeal for all county residents to make sure their house numbers are properly displayed.
Visible house numbers are vital to all emergency responders including emergency medical services (EMS), fire and law enforcement.
Hutchinson points out that Pulaski County has an ordinance to guide homeowners in the proper display of house numbers. The ordinance requires all structures to display an address in the following manner:
• Half-inch tall numbers or letters on a mail box;
• Three-inch tall numbers or letters for residences without a mailbox that are less than 75 feet from the road; and
• Three-inch-tall numbers or letters on a post at the road if there is no mailbox and the structure is more than 75 feet from the road.
The Uniform Statewide Building Code also requires addresses be displayed so they can be read from the road.

The proper display of house addresses is very important in the more rural areas especially in areas subject to wildland fires, Hutchinson said. He noted such areas usually are more remote and response time is longer, so being able to find an address is vital.
For more information on wildland fire safety or other fire safety topics contact Brad Wright with the Virginia Department of Forestry Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at 540-616-6152 or Hutchinson at 540-994-8664.

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Post house numbers, save a life

Pulaski county emergency service agencies are asking all residents to make sure their house numbers are visible from the street.
When emergency units respond to a call, valuable time can be lost trying to find house numbers to pinpoint the location of the call, according to Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson. In some cases, the delay could mean the difference between life and death.
That is why the fire marshal’s office, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski County Wildfire Risk Mitigation Committee have joined together to issue this appeal for all county residents to make sure their house numbers are properly displayed.
Visible house numbers are vital to all emergency responders including emergency medical services (EMS), fire and law enforcement.
Hutchinson points out that Pulaski County has an ordinance to guide homeowners in the proper display of house numbers. The ordinance requires all structures to display an address in the following manner:
• Half-inch tall numbers or letters on a mail box;
• Three-inch tall numbers or letters for residences without a mailbox that are less than 75 feet from the road; and
• Three-inch-tall numbers or letters on a post at the road if there is no mailbox and the structure is more than 75 feet from the road.
The Uniform Statewide Building Code also requires addresses be displayed so they can be read from the road.

The proper display of house addresses is very important in the more rural areas especially in areas subject to wildland fires, Hutchinson said. He noted such areas usually are more remote and response time is longer, so being able to find an address is vital.
For more information on wildland fire safety or other fire safety topics contact Brad Wright with the Virginia Department of Forestry Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at 540-616-6152 or Hutchinson at 540-994-8664.

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