As the days get darker, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is encouraging people to make their homes more visible to first responders.

Addressing specialist Hillary Palmer said the small numbers on the side of your house might not be easily seen from the road. She advises people to install numbered signs at the street level so emergency crews don’t have to search for the right house.

Scott Williamson with Mat-Su Borough EMS said every second counts when medics are responding to a call.

“There are times when the call sounds very serious and we want to be there as quickly as we can to start providing assistance and help," he said. "There’s times when we just can’t find exactly where we’re going and it adds on an extra couple of minutes trying just to make sure we’re in the right spot."

Roadside addresses are especially helpful for long or shared driveways.

Williamson suggests homeowners take a look at their property to see how they can make improvements. Whatever you can see from the road is what first responders see too.

“In your time of need we’re obviously going to be trying to get to you as quickly as we can and if you can see it we’re going to be able to see it,” he said.

Palmer said reflective signs with horizontal numbers are preferable but you can make your own wooden sign with a trip to the hardware store. She said any signage is better than none at all.

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