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Visible address numbers can help save lives

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This condemned house at 701 Montgomery targeted for acquisition by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority is a perfect example of noncompliant addressing, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, pictured pointing out the address. The white numbers on a white background make it difficult, or even impossible for some people, to make out from the street even during daylight hours.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

SIKESTON -- A loved one needs immediate medical attention. Or a maybe a neighbor's burning leaves are spreading fire to your home. In emergencies like these, seconds can make a critical difference.

"These are but a few common scenarios that require immediate attention from emergency services and time is of the essence," said Lt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. "Your emergency responders want to help, but we simply can't offer much assistance until we can find you."

McMillen recommended walking out to the street in front your home or business to see if the address numbers can be easily read from that distance.

"Is your address too far away from the street for these numbers to be read? Are the numbers posted on your home too small to be seen?" he asked. "It needs to be clearly visible and legible from the street."

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