From the fire chief: House numbers matter

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Can you imagine the local newspapers posting a headline similar to the title of this article? Or perhaps, “Fire Department Unable to Find House On Fire.”

As we’ve driven around town on emergency calls and routine business — inspections, pre-emergency planning, training drills, etc. — we’ve noticed that some homes are unmarked and very hard to find. If your friends, family, service vendors and others have said, “we had a real hard time finding your house,” it’s time to act. Imagine us trying to find you at 3 a.m. during a snowstorm!

We, along with your Police Department and Emergency Medical Services, need to be able to see your address. If you live on a long, shared driveway and the numbers are posted at the road (entryway), make sure you also mark your house, a tree at your driveway, your mailbox or even a set of numbers on a wood or metal post out front will do. Purchase reflective numbers and letters, a minimum of three to four inches high, as they are easier for us to see at night.

As a reminder, your premises must be legibly marked per town ordinance, Chapter 9A. You can find this document on the town’s website at We are very concerned and ask that you take a moment to see if your address is visible from the road or driveway.

Be well, stay well, be safe and make sure we can find you!