Emergency responders use house numbers
as the primary way to identify properties when responding to incidents.
Improperly displayed house numbers can cost emergency responders critical time
in identifying your house ultimately delaying their response to your emergency.
Make sure you have properly displayed
house numbers. They should be:
1. Numbers should be between
3 and 12 inches tall (written script by itself is not acceptable)
2. Numbers should be a
contrasting color to their background
3. Numbers should be posted
on the house and visible from the street
4. If the numbers on the
house cannot be seen from the street, an additional set needs to be at the
street or roadway; usually affixed to a post or mailbox and contrasting color to
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW
CHAPTER 148 SECTION 59
AFFIXED IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS ON HOMES,
CONDOMINIUMS, AND BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS
Every building in the Commonwealth,
including, but not limited to, dwellings, apartment buildings, condominiums, and
business establishments shall have affixed thereto a number representing the
address of such building. Said number shall be of a nature and size and shall
be situated on the building so that, to the extent practicable, it is visible
from the nearest street or road providing vehicular access to such building.
The statewide emergency
telecommunications board shall cause such number and the address of such
building to be entered into the electronic data base for use in enhanced 911
service as defined in section eighteen A of chapter six A.