Jefferson Township Fire Marshal – Provides Important Update on House Numbers

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Jefferson Township Fire Marshal Vinny Corsaro wanted to provide Jefferson Township residents with an important update to our last article on House Numbers.

Vinny Corsaro“The township also adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) which has a requirement for house numbering. The number on the mailbox is not acceptable as the mailbox is postal property and the postal service regulates what can go on and in the mailbox.” Stated the Fire Marshal

There is a township ordinance that requires residences to be numbered:

Chapter 330 Numbering of Buildings

330-6 Specifications.

In order to comply with this chapter, house numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the building's front wall, or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the building, in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face of a wall or upon a post in the front yard of the premises.

Auxiliary numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet upon the adjacent grade or exterior landing beneath, but never higher than 15 feet above the adjoining grade. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing at least 20/40 vision if he views the numbers from the centerline of the facing street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.

Important Notes for Residents:

  • Jefferson Township Fire Prevention Bureau enforces numbering during the home resale or rental inspection based upon this ordinance.
  • Supplemental house numbering is an option should a home not be visible from the road.
  • The recommendation is for the number to be visible coming from either direction on a street

Residential Knox BoxAnother program the township participates in is the Residential Knox Box program for quick access to a residence in the event of an emergency.

This is the residential version of the key boxes found on commercial businesses in the township.

It can assist the police, fire or first aid in accessing a home in an emergency without having to break into the residence.

For more information on the Residential Knox Box program go to the link below.

For questions about the township’s participation in the Residential Knox Box Program, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau.

Original Article:

After several issues with first-responders being able to quickly find the right location, the Jefferson Township Police Department has sent out the following reminder to residents.

"Help us help you!! We are asking residents to ensure that their house number is prominently displayed on the front of every residence. This helps emergency services to quickly locate homes in the event of an emergency. There have been several instances recently where township emergency services had to waste time searching for homes that were not marked. Additionally, should emergency services be needed, we ask residents, if possible, to unlock the front door and at night to leave outside lights on."

Importance of Visible House Numbers:

Every house has an assigned identifying number that displays your home address. Although these numbers are important for the mailman and guests visiting you, house numbers are crucial for emergency personnel when responding to the location of an emergency.

When 911 is called to report an incident or emergency, dispatchers receiving the call have a key job to do by determining where the emergency is taking place. The call takers must then relay the location to the proper emergency responder such as law enforcement, the fire department, or ambulance. While emergency personnel are responding to the location of the incident, they are relying on accurate information from the dispatcher to ensure that they are going to the correct address.

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