Bob Colosimo: Reflective house signs for safety
May 29, 2012
To the Editor:
The Winter Park Highlands Association has started to install reflective house signs on members’ properties to be in compliance with Community Wildfire Protection Plan recommendations.
This is because we, like many HOAs, have a serious problem with missing or inadequate individual home address signage. This is a major safety issue. Inadequate or hard-to-read signage makes it much harder for rescue or fire personnel to find a home quickly in the event of an emergency.
The CWPP recommends that every building have a permanently posted, reflective address marker mounted on a non-combustible pole. The CWPP indicates that it is preferable to locate markers in a consistent manner within each community. With a possible high fire danger season approaching, we are installing signs for members now.
We are placing the reflective “9-1-1” markers five feet above ground level on the right side of every driveway in the county right-of-way on a metal T-post. All placements have been cleared through the national 8-1-1 system for underground utilities location. These signs are included as a membership benefit.
Annual WPHA dues are $100. Non-members living in the Highlands can either join and get a free sign or have the association install one for a fee of $50.
Contact Kathy Lower (303-815-0184) for 2012 membership or Bill Tetlow (970-887-2548) for non-member sign installation.
The WPHA Annual Meeting is set for noon Saturday, June 16, at Elk Park in the Highlands.