Address Markings

It seems like a silly question, but you'd be surprised how many homes and businesses are not marked or poorly marked with their street address. Think you'd pass? Then try this simple test . . .

Stand at the curb in front of your home or business and answer the following questions:
  • Is the numerical address posted on your home or business?
  • Are the numbers Arabic font numbers and not less than 3" in height?
  • Do the numbers contrast to the color of the surface on which they are mounted?
  • Do the numbers have an unobstructed view from the street?
If the answer to any of the questions is "NO", then emergency services may have difficulty finding you when precious seconds count. We feel this is of such importance that the City of Worthington has adopted these requirements as part of their Codified Ordinances. The above points make homes and businesses easier to find, especially at night and in bad weather. Not all emergencies are evident outside a structure. . . medical, police and even fire emergencies are often impossible to recognize from the street. It is common for emergency responders to spend significant time finding and address when buildings are not marked, or poorly marked.

Please make certain that your home or business meets all of the requirements above. Pay special care to the last two items in the list! Numbers that don't contrast with their surroundings may look pretty, but are often difficult to see at night or in bad weather. Numbers painted on a curb are likewise difficult to see at night or in the rain, and they are completely hidden by snow in the winter.

If you have any questions or need any advice for your specific address, feel free to contact us at 614-885-7640.

Unacceptable Address Markers in Worthington


These examples were all found locally in only a few minutes. We estimate approximately 20% of area homes and businesses have no or poorly marked addresses. Keep your friends and family safe! Please make certain the address of your home or business is highly visible. This simple tip will help emergency responders find you quickly in the event you ever need our services.

Examples of Unacceptable Address Markers

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Excellent Address Marking Examples

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