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One of the most critical elements for emergency services responding to a call is being able to identify the address of a residence.   

Imagine what could happen when you or a loved one is having an emergency, but fire rescue or law enforcement are not able to find your home because the address (house number) is not posted or is not easily visible.

In addition to Fire Rescue being able to identify a residence, it is also a requirement by the International Residential Code and International Fire Code. This code has been adopted by the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Here are guidelines for home addressing:

• Numbers should be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch and shall contrast with the background. 

• Place numbers beside or above the main entrance door, clearly visible from the street.

• If the structure is more than 50 feet from the road, the number must also be posted near the walkway, driveway, gatepost, fence or common entrance, so as to be seen clearly from the roadway.

Remember, when there is an emergency and seconds count, it makes a difference if your address is posted properly. Take the time to make sure your address is visible and legible – this could save a life! 

Cinda Seamon is the fire and life safety educator for Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue.