Letter to the Editor: Make sure your house number is visible to first responders
Disclaimer: Letters to the Editor express the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the opinion of WBIG ownership, management or staff.
In an emergency, police, fire, and rescue workers depend on house numbers to find YOU as quickly as possible. A difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Finding your home — especially at night — can be challenging if address numbers are unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers and may delay emergency responders from getting to you as quickly as possible.
• Are your house numbers visible from the street?
• Are they set on a background of contrasting color?
• If your house is hidden from the street, are your numbers attached to a visible fence, mailbox or gate?
As a random act of kindness, please check on your elderly neighbors’ homes and if they don’t have numbers or their numbers are unreadable, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if they agree they want new ones, and the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition will purchase the numbers if you are willing to attach them to their residence in the city.
Charlotte Raup, President, Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition