Fire Lane Striping
Fire lane striping is painting fire lanes, which are areas commonly found in parking lots. No cars are permitted to park in a fire lane to ensure it serves its purpose of easy access to the building when an emergency arises.
Fire Lane Striping Safety Requirements
The safety requirements for fire lane striping involve fire lane compliance which is dependent upon how the parking lot and the building are being configured. Different states have different requirements for compliance and it is very important to be aware of your state's compliance. The safety requirements include placing your fire lane in the right place in your parking lot.
It is essential to paint your fire lane with a red background and writing on it saying “NO PARKING FIRE LANE” boldly written on it. Another important safety requirement is the signage used to show directions. A fire lane has a red background with white writing typically stenciled. The sign should have a width and height of 12 inches and 18 inches respectively. A fire lane is required to have a 6-inch-wide red stripe along the border with 4-inch-wide writing spaced 25 feet apart. It should be in coordination with fire hydrants.
How Often Should You Restripe Fire Lanes?
Fire lane stripes fade off at some point and require restriping. You might be wondering how often you should tend to your fire lane striping. You should restripe when there becomes an obvious need for it. Two factors are central to how often you should restripe your fire lane. One of which is how often it receives traffic. If it is always busy, you might need to restripe yearly or every two years to keep the painting sharp. This helps to make the demarcating stripe visible so that drivers know to avoid parking by it.
Another factor that determines how often you should restripe your fire lane is climate and environment. Salt is often used on roads to melt snow and can make the stripe fade off. Also, hot conditions can affect the stripe as well. As mentioned above, the best time to restripe your fire lane is when you notice there is a need for it. You should not wait a year or two before restriping your fire lane if there is an urgent need for it. One or two years is just an estimate.
Benefits of Striping Your Fire Lanes
Easy Access The most important benefit of fire lane striping is to provide an easy route for emergency vehicles to be able to reach their destination for prompt intervention. No one can predict when an emergency will surface, but emergency readiness is paramount.
Avoid Fines It is essential to maintain compliance for fire lane striping to keep people safe at all times. Also, you will prevent yourself from paying fines for not complying with fire lane striping requirements which are mandatory. By doing this when there is an immediate need instead of waiting till the last minute, you can save yourself some money.
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