Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
October 10, 2012 11:45 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — The simple act of making sure your home address is clearly visible could save your life. Modern computerized map programs and GPS coordinates can lead emergency personnel to a location, but the simple act of being able to read a visible set of address numbers on a house or at a driveway entrance might get the emergency squad, fire truck or law enforcement officer there a few seconds faster.

And that might make a difference.


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In the city of Mount Vernon, residents are required by law to have numbers on the house, facing the street and readable from the street.

Safety-Service Director Dave Glass said the city code specifies that if the house is within 50 feet of the roadway the numbers must be at least 4 inches high. If more than 50 feet, the numbers must be 6 inches tall.

No color is specified, only that the numbers be in a “contrasting color” and in Arabic numerals.

There is a $100 fine (with each day a separate offense).

Businesses are required by state law to display address numbers.

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