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Help emergency services quickly locate you in a time of need

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF PARSONS, KANSAS

Help emergency services quickly locate you in a time of need

PARSONS, KS — If you had an emergency, could the emergency service personnel get to you? During times of personal crisis, residents should remember these important details that could help make dispatching emergency crews to your home much easier.

After talking with area emergency service workers, the following items make their jobs difficult, especially during nighttime calls. So take a few minutes and inspect your yard for the following hazards, which could make finding your home during a crisis difficult:

  • House Numbers that have been painted over or removed
    • If your numbers have been removed, replace them with numbers at least 6 inches in height for better viewing from the street
    • With many mailboxes are being relocated to the curb, make sure your house numbers are visible on your mailbox as well.
  • Trees or Plants covering house numbers
    • Trim trees or move plants so not to block the numbers
  • House numbers that are incorrect or only partially visible
  • Numbers painted on curbside, but hidden by vehicles
    • If you intend to park in the street, do not solely rely on curbside numbering.
    • If you park in the street, make sure that there is enough room for large emergency service vehicles to pass.
  • Addresses located under a dark porch may be visible in the day but at night time, they are problems. The Parsons Fire Department reminds individuals that a well lit porch can be a good starting point at night.

In addition to lighting and other items mentioned above, if available, having a person out by the street is the best practice to flag down vehicles or point to the right location during an emergency. Depending on who is home at the time of the call, this may not always be possible.

Parsons Fire Chief, Larry Steeby also reminds residents that when you are making the emergency call, tell the dispatcher simple things such as house colors or other notable features or landmarks that can be helpful and aid responders in their search.

If you have any questions, please call the Parsons Fire Department at (620) 421-7050 or the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060.

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