Provisions of Automatic Gate Openers
Emergency access to gated developments:
Each new or existing residential development, access to which is limited
by security gate or gates that are not attended on a 24-hour basis, shall
install an emergency vehicle access system.
Emergency vehicle access system:
An emergency vehicle access system shall consist of an armored lock box
that either contains a key or an electric switch to open the gate. The
lock box shall be a cast metal or welded box unit, shall be manufactured
to withstand severe weather conditions, and may be opened only by a non-reproducible
key. The lock box shall be located on a sturdy post or other structure
along the roadway so that the lock box is visible and accessible by the
emergency vehicle driver of both sedan automobiles and/or fire/rescue
units. The lock box and the location of the lock box must be approved
by the authority having jurisdiction.
All gates shall be equipped with uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) or
a manual override, which will permit the gate to be opened if the electrical
power is interrupted.
Installation of Speed Bumps
The use of speeds bumps is discouraged by emergency agencies. Where
it has been determined that speed bumps will be installed they shall have
the following design characteristics. Minimum of a twenty-four inch (24")
base with sloping falls from a maximum crest height of four inches (4").
An example of an approved cross section of an acceptable speed bump is
included as an Attachment to these guidelines.
Designation of Fire Lanes
Fire lanes shall be marked with freestanding signs with the wording,
"NO PARKING FIRE LANE BY ORDER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT" or similar
wording. Such signs shall be 12 in. by 18 in. with a white background
and red letters and shall be a maximum of seven feet in height from the
roadway to the bottom part of the sign. The signs shall be within sight
of the traffic flow and be a maximum of 60 feet part.