LADY'S ISLAND -- Spending a few dollars now could save seconds of precious time in an emergency for residents in the rural reaches of northern Beaufort County.
When homes are tucked into the woods and have house numbers that are obscured or non-existent, firefighters have a difficult time finding the right address when responding to a call for help.
Lee Levesque, spokesman for the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, said firefighters can always find an address, but doing so would be a lot easier if residents helped by prominently posting their house numbers.
"We have tools that can assist us in finding homes, and we'll count houses if we have to," he said. "We're comfortable doing that, but it doesn't mean that we're happy with that. Having your home properly identified could save three, five or 10 seconds in the event of an emergency, which can make a big difference in someone's life."
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"For about five bucks and 15 minutes of your time, they could make a difference in their lives in the event of an emergency," he said.