Safety risk outside some local homes
An Eyewitness News Investigators Exclusive. A potential safety risk outside local homes has the fire department want you to take action.
The problem we're talking about house numbers. we investigated and found a number of local homes don't have any number at all .. whether on the front door on their mailbox... and that means critical time may be wasted... when you need it most.
of the city... there are homes that may as well be labeled a mystery to local police and fire crews.
ï¿½We're looking for numbers.. when we got out the door we are looking for numbers.
but when they can't "find" the numbers... there's a problem.ï¿½
ï¿½People don't think about it... but when we can't find it.. a minute makes a difference.ï¿½
Check it out, number 35 cotter street.. a perfect example of the problem... the home next door number 47.. this home.. nothing! and next door to that number 30.. completely out of order.. completely confusing.
Our Eyewitness News cameras also captured this... shrubbery overgrown.. blocking any possible view of a home number.. or this: the number partially painted over.
And just imagine trying to find it all in the dark... during an emergency!
this local resident says it doesn't take long for a homowner... to get it right.
ï¿½Just go to home depot and buy a number... a problem easily fixed? yes very very easilyï¿½
And fire and rescue crews say the difference between... searching and "seeing may mean a lifesaving difference of figuring out how to get everywhere... it makes it easier if thenumber is there like we expect it.
According to most city ordinances... the number should be at least four inches in height and should be a contrasting color from the background.. bottom line: take a look from the street and if you can't see it.. chances are rescue crews won't be able to see it either.