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Sedgwick Co. Fire Dept. Offering Free House Number Signs For Rural Residences

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The Sedgwick County Fire Department is offering a free program to help locate rural residences in case of an emergency.

Rural residences are often set back from the road or have mailboxes grouped together for convenience. This makes finding the correct address difficult for firefighters, EMTs and police.

The free house number signs will be attached to existing mailbox supports, and can be made in horizontal, vertical or diagonal fashion.

"It's really improved our ability to help find our residents," District 1 Fire Marshall Dan Wegener told Sedgwick County Commissioners at their meeting Wednesday.

Wegener says that there are more calls for fire emergencies this time of year as heating systems are starting up. Residential fires are most often caused by cooking, smoking and utility malfunctions, especially with water heaters, which are often located where there are no smoke alarms.

To register for a house-number sign, visit http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/ramp.asp.

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Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

 
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