LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ – A boat ride along the shores of Lake Hopatcong is likely to reveal a number of little blue signs attached to docks, boathouses, and even shoreline trees. These signs, which have been popping up all around Lake Hopatcong since 2016, are called B-SAFE (Blue Signs Are For Emergencies) Dock Numbers. They are designed to help emergency personnel efficiently respond to calls by land or water.
The Dock Numbering Program, launched by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, aims to improve emergency response times and safety on Lake Hopatcong.
The lake is bordered by residences in Jefferson Township, Mount Arlington, and Roxbury Township in Morris County, and Hopatcong Borough in Sussex County.
Each dock number is linked to that lakefront property’s 9-1-1 street address. If an emergency occurs, an accurate location can be reported using the nearest dock number as a reference point.
“In moments of emergency on the water, it can be very difficult to explain to first responders exactly where you are,” Lake Hopatcong Foundation Grants and Programs Director Donna Macalle-Holly said. “These signs provide clear markers that make it that easier for those who are in distress to direct emergency personnel to their location.”
The weatherproof aluminum dock signs measure 8” x 16” and are blue with white reflective numbers. The signs do not contain any personal information.
Lakefront property owners may voluntarily purchase and post a B-SAFE dock number sign anywhere it can be easily seen from the water.
B-SAFE dock number signs can be purchased through the Lake Hopatcong Foundation at lakehopatcongfoundation.org. Each sign is $30, which includes shipping and signs ordered by June 1 will be delivered in early July.
“Safety is consistently one of the top concerns of residents and users of Lake Hopatcong,” Lake Hopatcong FoundationInterim Executive Director Lauren Rossi said. “We’re thrilled at the response to the program so far and are grateful to the nearly 40 percent of the approximately 2,000 lakefront homeowners who have purchased and posted their B-SAFE Dock Number.”
“The goal this year is to reach 45 percent, with each new dock number added making it easier to pinpoint an exact location on the lake, making Lake Hopatcong a little safer,” Rossi said.