Visible Street Numbers Important for Emergency Response

When responding to an emergency, minutes matter. The Corpus Christi Fire and Police Departments are encouraging residents and business owners to properly display addresses. The request is part of a program called, “Let Your Numbers Show.”

“Timely response is crucial for emergency responders. Members of the public can help by making sure their residence and/or business is clearly marked with their address,” said Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha. “Both the Fire Code and City Ordinance require addresses for new and existing residences and businesses. Having a clearly defined address will help fire, police, and EMS personnel with providing the best possible service,” Rocha said.

Consider the following:

  • Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing, but are difficult to read quickly from the street.

  • Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.

  • If the house is located more than 45 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.

  • Be sure the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.

  • Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.

If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Take time now to be sure your house or business numbers are visible from the street to help first responders find you faster.

For more information contact Captain James Brown at (361) 826-8423 or at