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‘Seconds count’: New 911 civic numbering sign bylaw aims to ensure first responders in Barrington can find the correct address fast

['Kevin Curley photo<br />A civic number placed at the end of the driveway of a home where the number would not be visible from the street.']
['Kevin Curley photo<br />A civic number placed at the end of the driveway of a home where the number would not be visible from the street.']

BARRINGTON - Precious seconds were lost during a 911 call recently when first responders had to search for a house in Woods Harbour not labeled with a reflective house number.

David Kendrick, the fire service coordinator for the Municipality of Barrington, says the resident at that call was OK, but it could have been worse.

The Municipality of Barrington passed a bylaw at its July council meeting that requires all residences and places of business to be properly numbered.

The bylaw states that the signs should be composed of a highly reflective material. White letters on a blue background are recommended, or the sign must be otherwise effectively illuminated, and it must be placed in plain sight on the same side of the road as the dwelling. Emergency responders should be able to clearly see the sign from the roadway.

The bylaw came at the request of frustrated first responders, says Rob Frost, chief administrative officer for the municipality.

“We’ve been asked by fire and emergency services to put a bylaw in place,” Frost explained.

The blue and white reflective civic numbering signs are fairly inexpensive, he says.

“Considering it could save your life, it’s a good investment,” he added.

The municipality understands that it may take some time for people to comply, but Frost says staff will work with people to ensure the bylaw is followed in the coming months and years.

While the civic numbering sign isn’t expensive, the fine for a violation can be - it carries a $100 to $500 price tag.

Kendrick says it is surprising how many households do not have the proper civic address signs in the community.

“It seems like a large percentage of homes do not have civic numbers,” he says.

“It’s frustrating and embarrassing when we can’t find a house. In some cases, seconds count.”

Causeway Computer – 637-3733 (Jim)

Civic Number Signs

- 6 X 12 License Plate –(horizontal required to meet requirements of By-law)

- Blue background – white letters

- 1 sided – No post $10.00 each – With post $30.00

– double-sided – No post -  $15.00 each – With post $35.00

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- 2 sided - $25.00

 

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Civic Number Signs

- 6 X 12 – License Plate ––(horizontal required to meet requirements of By-law)

- Blue background – white letters

- 1 sided - $12.21

- 2 sided - $15.72

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