LEWISTON – At the May 4 Lewiston City Council meeting, members of the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council and Battalion Chief George Merrill, Lewiston Fire Department, debuted an “Is Your Number Up” public service announcement.

The three-minute video, filmed by Great Falls TV, touted the importance of having visible numbers on homes and businesses so that emergency responders may quickly find a location.

Along with Fire Chief Michel Lajoie, Councilor Mark Paradis was a featured guest on the video, sharing a personal life-threatening experience he encountered last year. In the video, he notes that his house number was visibly posted and the Lewiston Fire Department immediately found his residence.

During the PSA debut, LYAC Chairwoman Tarrah Bowen, LYAC member Ryan Reed and Merrill presented copies of the video to Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr., Paradis and LYAC City Council Rep Norm Rousseau.

Within the next couple of months, the youth council will spread the word about “Is Your Number Up” via posters distributed throughout the community and through a newspaper insert.

Information will note that a building number should be a minimum of four inches in height, as well as provide safety tips for structures visible from the road; structures not visible from the road; proper number postings on mailboxes; the need for contrasting colors for number postings; and improved visibility through the use of reflective materials.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the Lewiston Fire Department at 784-5713, ext. 213, or by visiting the youth council Web site at www.ci.lewiston.me.us/lyac.

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