Groveport City Councilman Ed Dildine said that, while recently traveling through the city, he noticed many houses in the older sections of Groveport do not have address numbers on them.
“It’s a safety issue,” said Dildine. “Police and firefighters rely on house numbers when responding to emergencies. A minute or two lost while searching for a house number makes a big difference during an emergency,” said Dildine, who encouraged residents to add easily visible house numbers to their homes.
According to Groveport Chief Building Official Stephen Moore, buildings must have address numbers plainly legible and visible from the street fronting the property.
“House or building numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses, but required by city ordinances and necessary for emergency responders,” said Moore. “When responding to an emergency minutes matter, so be sure emergency personnel can easily and quickly find your address.”
According to Moore, the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, which has been adopted by the city of Groveport, requires in Section 304.3 that buildings be numbered: “Buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address number shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm).”
“Building and zoning code requirements are enacted for the protection of residential and commercial standards, promotion of public health, and for the safety and general welfare of the citizens of our community,” said Moore. “The city thanks citizens in advance for their cooperation in properly identifying their homes and buildings.”