Friday April 13, 2012
residents to ensure house address numbers are visible
Released by Cst. Kate Link, Chwk RCMP
we find you in an emergency? That is the question house and business
owners need to ask themselves.
In an emergency seconds
count. Police, fire, and ambulance depend on house numbers to find
you as quickly as possible.
Finding your home,
especially at night, can be challenging if your address numbers are
unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers. These things
may delay emergency
responders from getting to you as quickly as possible.
The Chilliwack Fire Prevention and Protection Bylaw states under
Section 22 that, the address of each building must appear on the
side facing the street so as to be clearly visible and legible from
the street. Numbers shall be at least 25.5 centimeters in height, 1
centimeter in width, and be of a color that contrasts with the
background on which they are mounted.” Failure to provide a visible
and legible address on a building under Section 22 will result in a
$500.00 fine. This refers to commercial buildings only, not
The Chilliwack Fire Depart recommends that the address of each
building must appear on the side facing the street so as to be
clearly visible and legible from the street. Numbers shall be a be a
minimum of 4" (10 cms) in height and be of a colour that contrasts
with the background on
which they are mounted. These numbers can be purchased at various
department or home improvement stores.
What you should look for in determining if your address is clearly
visible from the street:
1. Are the house numbers set on a background of contrasting color?
2. If your house is hidden from the street, are your numbers
attached to a visible fence,
mailbox or gate?
3. If you live in a mobile home, is your mobile home identified with
your house number?
4. Is your house on a corner? When you live on a corner your house
number should face the street named in your address.
"If you said no to any of these questions, you may want to look at
visiting one of the local hardware stores to purchase new numbers,
they come as cheap as a couple dollars per number," said Constable
Kate Link of the Chilliwack RCMP General Duty Section. "Protect
yourself and your loved ones and make sure your house numbers are
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