If you walk around outside for a while, and you are very observant, you will see a lot of different colored paint. Some of the paint that you will find is on the road, the grass, sidewalks, trees, and even on fences. It is essential that you understand what the paint means based on the color and location.
Paint Lines On Trees
If you are walking through the forest or a field, and you see orange lines painted on the trees, take note. The orange paint means that the tree is due to be chopped down. It could be due to the decay or death of the tree, or a logging company could be taking it down to sell the wood. If the tree has a yellow line as well, it means that the tree bears ginkgo.
Paint Lines On Sidewalks
Painted lines on sidewalks all signify something. If you see pink or orange lines, it means that the city is planning to plant a tree in that spot. If there is a red stripe on the ground, it means that there is an electric power line below the surface. A green line means that there is a sewer or a drain under the sidewalk, and blue means that there is a pipe nearby. Cities make sure to mark these areas so that nobody digs in these areas.
Lines In the Road
White lines are commonly found on the road, but they shouldn’t be confused with the lines in the middle of the road designed for drivers. Another set of white lines signifies an evacuation route. They are painted there so that residents know where to go in the case of an emergency. Many cities use yellow lines for traffic rather than white, and these lines let drivers know the rules of the road. Two solid lines mean that you cannot pass on either side. A broken line on either side signifies that you can pass on that side when it is safe. If you don’t follow the lines, you can be pulled over and cited for a traffic violation. A blue line in between the two yellow lines are often found in New Jersey, and they are there to pay tribute to law enforcement, or to signify that there is a police station on that road. A red line in between the yellow lines means a fire station on the road, and green signifies that there is a hospital or a medical center on the road. This helps new residents or visitors find these places of importance.
Orange Paint On Fences
If you are visiting Arizona, Idaho, or Montana and see fences that are painted orange, you need to pay attention. Laws were passed in these states that allow landowners to mark their territory using orange paint. It is a way to protect their land and keep trespassers away. In 1987, the state of Arkansas passed the law, and it was the first state to do so. After, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana followed. Later, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina passed the same law. With this law in place, homeowners and property owners didn’t need to post “No Trespassing” signs on their property. The orange fence would be enough to let people know that they weren’t allowed on the property. By painting their fences orange, they didn’t have to cover the fence with signs, which can make it look unsightly. Also, property owners didn’t need to worry about the signs falling, being covered with snow, or people taking the signs down.
Purple Paint On Fences
If you spot a house with a purple fence, this is what you must not do. If you are in the state of Texas, you shouldn’t trespass on the property. Texas wanted to adopt the same law as the other states in 1997, but they didn’t want to use the color orange. Officials in the Lone Star State chose the color purple. Like the other states who adopted the law, residents of Texas were finding that people were ignoring the “No Trespassing” signs, so they also adopted the fence law. Texas chose purple for a good reason. Colorblind people can usually see purple clearly, so they chose purple. Under the Purple Paint Law, Texas residents don’t have to paint the entire fence purple. According to the law, the paint must be vertical, at least 8-inches long and one-inch wide. The bottom of the marking needs to be three to five feet above the ground. In timberland, the marks cannot be more than 100-feet apart. On open land, they can be no more than 100-feet apart. This makes the markings visible before someone trespasses. There are some people who don’t know about the law, and they trespass anyway. Property owners are trying to raise awareness of the law so that they don’t find people hunting and fishing on their property.