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Emergency responders ask public to make sure home address numbers are visible

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Deteriorating or missing house numbers are becoming a problem for first responders in KOTA Territory.

Several homes and residences throughout the area have fading or no visible addresses, and first responders and emergency crews say this makes their job increasingly difficult.

Minatare/Melbeta Rural Fire Chief Tom Case, says it can add several minutes to response times when crews have to search for a home's address.

Case says home owners should make sure their house numbers are easily identifiable from the street.

Case says having a clearly marked address is especially important for homes in rural areas, because their navigation systems don't always lead crews to the correct place.

"That would help a a lot because even with GPS we put in their address and we have one house that puts us a mile off. So we drive right past their house going to where the GPS says that their house should be."

Case says it is also helpful when homeowners with long driveways post their addresses at the beginning of the driveway.
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