New Canaan Fire Marshal: Mark Your Location


Many residents and business owners do not think about the importance of a well-marked location. First responders, Fire, Police and EMS may have the difficult task of locating an address in a critical situation; one that may mean the difference between life and death.

Fire Marshal Paul Payne. Credit: Michael Dinan

In this regard it is imperative that street numbers must be displayed and visible to the street according to the Town Code. Numbers should ideally be 4 inches high with good color contrast. It is recommended by the Fire Department that both front and rear entry and exit doors be marked.

There are specific definitions for businesses, condominiums, shared driveways and private homes more than 50 feet from the road and/or not clearly visible. The section of the code that refers to numbering can be found on the Fire Marshal’s website.

If you have any additional questions or need assistance regarding marking your building, please call the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-594-3030.

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