Parking sensibly to help to save lives
Inconsiderate parking could cost the life of someone you love.
During BRAKE Road Safety Week, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to give plenty of thought to the needs of the emergency services when they park, remembering to ensure that much larger vehicles can get through, especially in narrow streets.
“We know that some streets were not designed for the number of cars that residents wish to park in them but please bear in mind that a fire engine is 2.5m or around 1.5 car widths,” said Station Commander Amy Bailey of the HWFRS Community Risk Department.
“Have you left enough space for a fire engine to get through because every second can count when someone needs our help?
“Bad parking can delay fire engines and emergency vehicles from reaching serious incidents in your area and could be putting the lives of your families, friends and neighbours at risk.
“The way cars are parked could be the difference between the emergency services being able to save a life or not.”
When parking, please:
- park close to the kerb
- park straight with wheels straight
- fold in wing mirrors
- in narrow streets only park on one side of the road (where possible)
- obey the Highway Code and road markings such as yellow lines and box junctions
- do not park too close to corners or traffic calming measures
- leave extra room at tight junctions
- remember every second counts when someone needs our help