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What’s the story with NK’s white on blue house number signs?

December 11th, 2012 by travis baker

The in basket: I was driving around North Kitsap recently and once again noticed the proliferation of blue signs with white numerals listing the house numbers where homes are grouped on a common driveway. There are dozens of them on Viking Way coming into Poulsbo from the south, and many more at other locations, including quite a few in Central Kitsap.

I rarely see them in South Kitsap, where I live.

Was the placement of those signs the result of some organized campaign, perhaps by North Kitsap firefighters? It seems like it would have taken collaboration by a lot of people, to acquire them and mount them one above the other, which seems to be the common display.

The out basket: Three readers and Susan Gibbs  of Poulsbo Fire replied when this first was posted. Susan said,

“Fire Districts in Kitsap County initially recieved a grant for address signs about five years ago. Poulsbo Fire has continued offering the signs to citizens in our district, and as mentioned above, gladly accept donations to continue the program. We have promoted the signs in our annual newsletter, and at various community events. I would advise contacting your local fire department to inquire if the signs are available to you, it is a great way to clearly display your address.

Greg Rogers of South Kitsap Fire says they participated in the grant and have given out many of the signs, despite my experience of not seeing them. They’re mostly in rural areas. For lack of funding, SK fire no longer provides them, he said.

 

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5 Responses to “What’s the story with NK’s white on blue house number signs?”

  1. Gregg M Says:

    CK Fire and Rescue offers these for free to homeowners in the district. I see no reason why NK or Poulsbo Fire wouldn’t do the same. All these signs do it make it easier to find the address.

    Gregg M.

  2. Marsha Says:

    When our rural easement was named, we went to the NK Fire District office on Miller Bay Rd and got numerals and the metal rectangles on which to mount them. There is no charge, but a donation is appreciated.

  3. Aaron Says:

    Poulsbo Fire offers the signs free, you just have submit the request. You can get one or two, printed one or both sides. I assume NK offers them as well.

  4. Susan Gibbs Says:

    Fire Districts in Kitsap County initially recieved a grant for address signs about 5 years ago. Poulsbo Fire has continued offering the signs to citizens in our district, and as mentioned above, gladly accept donations to continue the program. We have promoted the signs in our annual newsletter, and at various community events. I would advise contacting your local fire department to inquire if the signs are available to you, it is a great way to clearly display your address.

  5. Susan Gibbs Says:

    There are a number of places that the blue reflective signs can be ordered individually. The signs measure 6″X18″ with blue reflective, and the white reflective numbers measure 4″. These can be ordered at pride911signs.com; 911emergencysigns.weebly.com; and interstate911.com.

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