We live in the country. Not way out there, but far enough out that at night it is quite dark. One of the biggest complaints we get when people are coming to visit, is that they can’t find the addresses on houses in the dark. I’ve been considering getting a new address plaque, one that is large enough that people can’t miss it. Online I found that they have what are called estate plaques. That may be just the thing I’m looking for.
House address plaques can actually be very important, should you ever need the assistance of an emergency crew. If the police, fire department, or EMS crew can’t find your house it can spell catastrophe. I’ve heard of emergency crews driving up and down a street to locate the house and wasting up to ten minutes, because the house was not properly marked. This could be the difference between a parched kitchen and the complete destruction of your house, or even life and death.
This ornate pansy plaque is just up my alley. It would really dress up our home.
I really like the address plaques that look like they might be used in the Victorian era with scrolls, filligree, or anything that makes it look artistic and antique is just up my alley. If you saw my furniture you’d know that the more ornate something is the better I like it.
It think that out here in the country address signs that are done in the reverse of books stand out better. Dark background with a light colored numbers seems to be much easier to read at night. However, if you live closer in, where there will be street lights to assist people looking for your home, then you can probably go with any color combination you want, or even all brass or silver.
Now that it’s the new year, it might be a good resolution to make sure your house is well marked for both visitors and emergency vehicles.
One morning I heard a lot of noise in my backyard, dogs barking like crazy. We don’t own any dogs. I looked out the window to see what is going on. To my amazement there were two hunters on my property, with guns slung over their shoulders and their dogs bounding all over my yard. Now I live on one acre in a small subdivision on the edge of rural country. Never in my life did I expect to see hunters on my property.
I flung open the door and yelled at them to get off my property. They said they were hunting something and I told them not on my property and to get off. They slowly sauntered off, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get any law enforcement to my property before they were long gone.
This is not a made up story. It really did happen to me. Our neighborhood is filled with small children and lots of dogs that aren’t on leashes. All it would have taken was for them to mistake a child or pet as the animal they were after, and disaster would have been the outcome. Not only that, I see my property as a nature haven and would have been heartbroken if they had actually killed something, anything, on my property.
I immediately, and I mean immediately went out and bought some No Trespassing signs and some surveyor’s tape to mark off our property. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.
So, before you run into any problems on your property you should consider posting safety signs to alert people to potential hazards or restrictions. If tragedy had hit that day it would have been too late for me to say I had planned to put up signs.
If you have a large piece of land or live in a rural area you should post No Trespassing signs to alert people to the fact that they are straying onto your land. If you have a pool or other hazard you might want to post safety signs around them. You can even have signs to direct people where to park, let people know you have a camera or other alarm system, or come up with your own unique signage.
You can see a large array of signs for all purposes, as well as create your own at http://www.safetysign.com.