Do Your Residential Address Markers Pass the Test?

Yes or no? Take the quiz to see if your address markers pass the test!

  1. Does your home have a permanently posted address clearly visible from the street with numerals illuminated and contrasting color to their background?
  2. Are the numbers tall and thick enough? Each character shall be not less than 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch.
  3. If your home is not visible from the street, do you have your address posted at each driveway entrance?
  4. Is your address visible from both directions as you travel along the road?
  5. If your home is under construction/remodel, is your address visible and legible from the road?
  6. If you live on a one-way road, is your address visible from both directions of travel?
  7. If you live in an area where multiple addresses are located off a single driveway, are the addresses mounted on a single post, with additional signs posted at locations where driveways divide?

Why is this important? 
In an emergency, it is critical that first responders can find your home. We sometimes receive emergency support services from Fire and Police agencies from all over the Bay Area. Our roads are narrow and curvy, and it is easy to get turned around. Clear numbers help first responders find their way.

Along with the challenges of our terrain, house address numbers are sometimes worn out, or a house is very far back from the main road, or obscured by vegetation. Also, driving at night or in smoky or foggy conditions makes it harder if the numbers are not reflective or the address is not well lit.

If your residential home numbers need some work, please do so soon! You never know when an emergency may take place, and our first responders want to be able to respond as quickly as possible.