Very important detail to check out for yourself.
Do you have an emergency contact list of your kids school numbers and relatives?
DO YOU HAVE A MEET AT PLACE IN CASE THE COMMUNICATIONS ARE DOWN?
Have you put aside 3 days water supply if there is an emergency situation.
If you havea an RV this is a great place to have extra supplies and water as well.
Can the police, ambulance or firefighters find your home easily from the street?
This content was originally posted in 2007, but I am sharing it again as the holidays are near and it is one of the busiest times of year for home accidents and injury.
Protect yourself (check your house and/or business), visit loved ones and the elderly to check their house numbers as well!
In the words of Benjamin Franklin ~ “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
I ask this because I just spent the better part of 30 minutes trying to locate a home on a very long street and couldn’t find it. Why you ask? Not one house number was visible from the street. They weren’t on the mailboxes or curbs and the ones that were on homes weren’t able to be read from the street/vehicle.
Yes, I eventually found what I was looking for, but what if it had been an emergency vehicle, a potential home buyer trying to find your open house or a customer trying to reach your business?
Baltimore County has recently (late 2007) made changes in respect to Building Numbers and I’ve placed them below to make homeowners in Baltimore County aware of the change.
Baltimore County – Changes to Requirements for Building Numbers
Additionally, please remember that a change made last year with respect to the placement of address numbers on Baltimore County properties is in effect and all property owners are required to comply with the following (capitals indicate material added to existing law):
The owner of improved property shall prominently display numerals or letters, AT LEAST THREE INCHES IN HEIGHT, designating the address assigned to the property:
(1) in a conspicuous space on or about the property;
(2) on a conspicuous background; and
(3) in a location that is unobstructed and clearly visible:
(I) from the street named in the address of the property; AND
(II) FROM ANY STREET, ROAD OR ALLEY PROVIDING PUBLIC VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE REAR OF THE PROPERTY.
This requirement is enforced by the Baltimore County Fire Department as a health and safety measure and failure to comply could result in a $100 fine.
HELPFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Permit information, permit approval status 410-887-3900
Building Plans Review 410-887-3987
Building Inspection 410-887-3953
Electrical Inspection 410-887-3960
Plumbing Inspection 410-887-3620
Zoning Information 410-887-3391
Development Management, PDM 410-887-3335
MD Codes Administration “Accessibility” 410-514-7220
State of Maryland Flood Plain 410-631-3914
Dept. Environmental Protection & Resource Management:
Food Service Plans Review 410-887-4068
Sediment Control 410-887-3226
State of Maryland Elevator Inspection 410-767-2350
This link will take you directly to the Baltimore County Building Code.
One more reminder…do your research before you build, you don’t want to break these laws as they could cost you the sale of your home (and a lot of money) in the future.
Please share this information with your friends, family and associates…it is important that emergency workers can find your home, no matter where you live! Thank you!
Tammi L. Copsey, REALTOR®
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
8712 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 529-1900 office * (410) 529-5954 fax
(410) 258-5123 Blackberry