Northeast Greene Fire Department address issues with house numbers

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Northeast Greene County Fire Department put out an important statement on their Facebook page Monday for all residents involving their address.

Emergency response teams cannot find you if your house number is not clearly displayed. They said the issue has been going on for a few months.

According to Justin Franklin, lieutenant firefighter, a badly displayed number can cost you precious time in the emergency room.

"The quicker we get there it's easier to put out the fire," he said. "If there's people inside the home, we can get in and get out before it gets drastic."

Franklin also said with the right address it's not going to take fire crews long to find it. However, the majority of those house numbers are not visible from the street. It's even worse at night.

"We can see if we can get people to put their address on their mailbox," he said. "At least get us an address somewhere close...if we have to stop and ask its going to be more complications and time to get there."

However, a full length grass fire may not be hard for fire crews to find. But Franklin said if it's something inside that hasn't evolved yet, without a properly displayed address, it's difficult for crews to locate you.

Northeast Greene fire department has a list of safety tips on their Facebook page on how to properly display your address.

For example, if your house color is dark, a number in a dark color will not be visible from street distance. The same is true with all light colors.

Also, bigger is better. Your address should be at least four inches tall if displayed on a house or sign.

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