October is Gloucester Fire Prevention Month. With this in mind, a new safety campaign – Gloucester CERT-Visible House Numbers and Working Detectors Save Lives – is about to begin. This pilot campaign is a joint effort led by Gloucester CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) in conjunction with Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith and the City of Gloucester Department of Public Works, who are working with Pathways for Children, the Gloucester TRIAD Council, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and CAARA (Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association).
CERT members will begin door to door daytime visits to homes in the North Gloucester neighborhoods of Bayview, Lanesville and Annisquam on the morning of Saturday, October 19th. CERT’s campaign mission is to focus citizen awareness on the importance of visible house/building street numbers and to deliver educational safety literature with contact information to homes in the targeted neighborhoods. While CERT’s pilot campaign is limited to North Gloucester neighborhoods, this effort is intended to expand citywide leading to: (1) visible identifying numbers on every home and business throughout Gloucester; (2) working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in every home and business; and (3) visible street signs on every corner.
Gloucester’s first responders have reported difficulty locating victims because of unnumbered homes and businesses and unreported missing or hidden street signs. Every minute lost due to difficulty locating an inadequately numbered home can make the difference between life and death and the level of property damage suffered. You can help emergency responders locate you quickly during an emergency by having your home and business clearly posted with numbers large enough to be seen easily from the street in a contrasting color from the background on which they are posted. Four-inch fluorescent numerals are recommended for optimum nighttime visibility.
Mayor Carolyn Kirk said: “This important public safety program has been an ongoing issue and we are delighted that CERT is taking the initiative to once again bring this to the public’s attention. I urge all residents to take advantage of CERT’s efforts to assist.”