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Not having visible house number can impact emergency response time, Sheriff's Office warns

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 30: US Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow prepares to place letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route July 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The US Postal Service is expecting their budget deficit to reach $7 billion, up from earlier projections of $6 billion. The Postal Service is seeking permission from Congress to go to a 5 day delivery week to make up some of the deficit. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 30: US Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow prepares to place letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route July 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The US Postal Service is expecting their budget deficit to reach $7 billion, up from earlier projections of $6 billion. The Postal Service is seeking permission from Congress to go to a 5 day delivery week to make up some of the deficit. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public to make sure their house number is visible at all times, because the simple task can shave seconds or even minutes off of law enforcement response time.

"Your address number should be clearly viewable from the street free from obstructions," the Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Sunday. "Numbers placed in a lighted area on your home and reflective numbers on mailboxes are ideal."

They said the visibility of the numerals can affect response times in the event of emergencies, especially in rural or unlit areas of the county.

The reflective numbers can be purchased at any hardware store.