Fire Lane Striping in Your Parking Lot
How You Should Establish A Fire Lane in the Parking Lot
In urban areas, a fire lane is marked near a parking lot near any building. Normal traffic is not allowed to park in the fire lanes to make sure that in case of any emergency the access to safety equipment is done without any hindrance. These lanes are also defined as a passageway to access roads that allow fire department vehicles to pass through easily.
When a fire lane is designed in any area, some requirements need to be fulfilled first. Since fire trucks and other fire department vehicles are huge, therefore, some adjustments, need to be made for them. Fire lanes also provide a clear space to escape from. Consequently, they need to wider for buildings with large occupancy.
Curb Painting Fire Lanes
The curbs which are designated to be a part of the fire lane area are required to be marked with yellow paint. The pavement in the area which is designated as a fire lane should have written “NO PARKING FIRE LANE” on it. The complete area which falls under the Fire Lane should be painted parallel with the curb and should be at a distance of at least three meters from it. It is important to keep in mind that while painting the words “No Parking Fire Lane” on the pavement, all the letters of the sentence should be written in block letters. The height of each letter should be at least 24 inches, and the brush stroke should not be less than 4 inches.
Fire Lane Signage Requirements for Parking Lot
As mentioned before, apart from marking the area as the fire lane, signs are also necessary to show the general public where not to park. The signs are always required to display the words, “No Parking Fire Lane.” The background of the signboards should be white reflective, and the letters written on it should be in red. The signs must also provide directional information if applicable. When installing the signs, keep in mind that the height of the sign should be at least 7 feet above the ground. The fire lane signs should be spaced every 100 feet.
It is also essential to ensure that the placement of fire lanes is in accordance with the placement of fire hydrants in the area. This usually works when only one side of the roadway has fire lane marking. Keeping the fire lane on the same side of the road where a fire hydrant is present makes it easier to avoid any hindrance by parking. It is also essential that a fire lane can access the road from both ends. If it is not possible for any reason, the fire lane must be made into a dead end, and a fire turnaround should be put in.
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