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Make sure Indianapolis first responders can find your house in an emergency

Posted: 10:58 AM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 14:58:42Z
Emergency responders need help finding your home
Emergency responders need help finding your home
Emergency responders need help finding your home

DOWNTOWN -- In times of an emergency, seconds matter. If emergency responders are struggling to locate your house, that time can be the difference between life and death.

When an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is dispatched to a call, they are given the street name and the house number. But IMPD Captain John Mann, who works in the downtown district, said he often can’t find a home because he can’t see the house number.  

“It’s very frustrating almost like hopeless feeling. Even though we are talking seconds or minutes, every officer out here wants to be the first one there,” Mann said. “No matter what call it is.”

House numbers should be clearly visible from the street. If they are on your mailbox, check to make sure they are not faded and don’t need to be repainted.

Mann is recommending for people to go in the street and look at their house. He said if you can’t see your house numbers easily, emergency responders won’t be able to either.

A city ordinance requires the numbers to be no less than 3 inches tall on apartments and homes. It also requires your address to be visible from the street on both businesses and homes.

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