Bollards for Pedestrian Safety & Property Safety

Bollard Protection

Pedestrian Protection Bollards

Pedestrian Protection BollardsBollard is not a familiar term for a lot of people. Everyone has seen them but might not have known what they were called.  Of late, bollards have been in the news more as world events have put more focus on pedestrian safety.  Articles in USA Today and the New York times have cited the difference bollards made in saving lives earlier this year in Time Square.  In public areas where cars and pedestrians are in close proximity, steel and concrete bollards are often seen to separate cars from entering areas where pedestrians are.  In the Times Square incident, the bollards had been added just the year before and their presence stopped a car that was headed the wrong way down a way one way street from doing even more damage then it might have.

 

Property Protection Bollards

Bollards are not only used for pedestrian safety but are also commonly used to protect buildings and property.  Occasionally one will hear about a driver who lost control of their car before heading into a storefront or a restaurant.  For building and property protection, steel and concrete bollards are again a common option.  Again, more permanent solutions like concrete and steel bollards are typically seen in these circumstances.

 

Bollards for Temporary Traffic Control

Removable BollardsRemovable bollards are perfect in areas where the safety measures needed may be more temporary. Situations like valet parking, parking lots, schools or loading areas where guidance is needed for traffic for short durations.  Removable bollards may have good grip rubber bases or they may be ‘drop in’ bollards that can be anchored to the ground with a steel base as needed and removed later.  Some removable bollards even have wheels attached to allow them to be moved into place easily.

 

Bollard Covers for Quick Aesthetics & Greater Visibility

Bollard CoversFor bollards that have been in place for  a long time and might be looking a little worn, bollard covers are a great option.  Your steel bollards may still be doing a great job but they may not be looking their best anymore.  Bollard covers can range from fancier, more decorative covers with lights and an architectural look to simpler bollard covers whose main purpose is just to look fresh and increase visibility.  If your bollards are in good structural shape then bollard covers may be the perfect, cost effective solution. You can dramatically improve the appearance of an area without spending a lot of money while continuing to protect pedestrians and property.

 

 

 

 

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Plasticade Products

Plasticade: Product Spotlight

Traffic Safety Warehouse is one of the biggest distributors of Plasticade products.  Everything from Plasticade barricades to traffic cones to sign stands.  Every year Plasticade is the innovator of new and better traffic and business safety products and they continue to be a leader in value, quality and protectors of the environment. We pass on that great value straight to our customers, giving them the best pricing in the market for every Plasticade product we carry.

Below are just some of the many Plasticade product lines we carry:

Plasticade Barricades >>

Plasticade Traffic Cones >>

Plasticade Signs and Sign Stands >>

Avalon Crowd Control Barrier from Plasticade >>

Plasticade Speed Bumps and Parking Stops >>

Plasticade Barricade Lights >>

All Plasticade products are thoroughly tested and made to meet or exceed the standards set by the Federal Highway Administration.  If you have any questions about any of our Plasticade products just give us a call at 877-966-1018.  You can also get more details about Plasticade products on the Plasticade website.

Barricades - Traffic Barricades, Crowd Control Barricades

Barricades Spotlight: Summer Crowd Control, Traffic Safety & More

Summer is our busiest season for barricades.  From traffic barricades for road safety to crowd control for summer concerts and events, there is a  big need for barriers to block, channel and direct people and cars during the summer.  In most instances, the needs are temporary and it is important to have barriers that are easy to move but still sturdy enough to do the job and stay in place.  We wanted to take a few minutes to spotlight some great barricade options for you to help you with your summer safety and crowd control needs:

Linking Barricades

These are great because you can design your space exactly as you want it, creating angles and making the length of the barrier as long as needed easily by just snapping the segments together.  Some examples of this type of barricade are:

Avalon Crowd Control Barricades Portable Plastic Barricade

Avalon Crowd Control Barricades

  • high visibility
  • anti-trip feet
  • lightweight & easy to move
  • lock together easily, easy to disengage
  • come in 5 different colors

 

Movit® Portable Plastic Barricade

  • lighweight
  • environmentally safe
  • perfect substitute for steel barricades
  • integrated display area for logo or messaging
  • comes in 6 different colors

Expanding Barricades/Fencing

These barricades are made for super fast set-up and takedown.  They are very lightweight, easy to store and expand out from several feet to a 10 times their initial length.

 Crowdstopper Steel Barricade
 Collapsible Barricade

Crowdstopper Steel Barricades

  • long-term weather resistant
  • sections connect using easy-to-use hook and loop fastening sytem
  • welding process makes them extraordinarily durable

 

Extended Width Portable
Safety Barricades 

  • high visibility
  • sturdy aluminum & steel construction
  • interlocking endpost
  • expands to 15 ‘ 2″

Water Filled Barricades

These barricades are made for super fast set-up and takedown.  They are very lightweight, easy to store and expand out from several feet to a 10 times their initial length.

Water Filled Barriers
Water Filled Barricade

Water Filled Barrier

  • very durable, impact resistant
  • ballastable with water or sand
  • quick install and takedown
  • forklift accessible

 

ATM50 Water Filled Barricade

  • lightweight
  • links together with swivel pins
  • stackable
  • 590 custom colors available
Bulk Sandbags

Bulk Sandbags – How to Use Sandbags, Part 1

Sandbag Storage and Filling

The Bulk Container Association (FIBCA) has created a set of guidelines for the use and storage of bulk bags in an effort to ensure safety.  The guidelines cover everything from bag storage to filling to transportation.  We will cover storage and filling in the first of our bulk sandbag use posts.

This article as meant to provide an overview of bulk sandbag use and should not replace a thorough review of the manufacturer instructions for the bag you choose.

Before You Start: Review Sandbag Basics

Always be sure that you are choosing the right bag for the job.  Check the manufacturer guidelines to be sure that the material you are storing or moving in the bags is not incompatible with the manufacturer’s intended use BEFORE filling any bags.  This includes making sure that the material you place in the bag is safe for that bag and that you know in advance the weight that the bag can safely accommodate.

Sandbag Storage

Bulk bags and sandbags need to be stored in a safe, clean, dry place to protect them from the sun’s UV rays and inclement weather.  UV rays and moisture can significantly weaken the strength of the bag over time.  Additionally, moisture may damage the contents of the bags if you are trying to store material that is needed for future use.  It is highly recommended not to store bags outside but if you must store them outside be sure they are well covered with some type of waterproof covering that will also protect them from UV rays.  The FIBCA makes clear that they do not endorse the practice of outdoor storage though as it can have an adverse effect on the stability of bulk bags or sandbags.

Filling Sandbags:

  1. Be sure that the bag you are going to use has been stored correctly so that it’s integrity is not at risk.  There’s nothing worse than filling a bag and having it tear or fail.
  2. Check the bag over to be sure it is free of any initial tears or punctures.
  3. If you are using a bag with a bottom discharge chute, make sure the chute is closed correctly.
  4. Make sure the material going into the bag is compatible with the components of the bag.
  5. Fill the bag as evenly as you can and be sure it stays stable
  6. Do not overfill the bag past the manufacturer specifications for the weight the bag can safely handle.

Additionally, if you are filling bags with lift loops or sleeves using a crane or forklift to hold them:

  1. Make sure that the loops or sleeves are vertical to prevent any undue damage from lateral forces.
  2. Be sure that there are no sharp edges that could tear the bag and that the fork lift tines are strong enough for the load with rounded edges to prevent tearing.
  3. Raise and lower the bag smoothly
  4. If hazardous materials are involved, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure personnel safety. You can read more about additional requirements on the OSHA site.

Traffic Safety Warehouse provides a large assortment of bulk sandbags for an array of jobs. You can always call us at (877) 966-1018 if you have product questions.

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References:

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (Fibca). “FIBC Handling Guidelines Part 1 – Storage of Empty FIBCs.” (n.d.): n. pag.FIBCA. FIBCA. Web. <http://fibca.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Part1_Storage_of_Empty_FIBCs.pdf>.

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (Fibca). “FIBC Handling Guidelines Part 2 – Filling of FIBCs.” (n.d.): n. pag. FIBCA. FIBCA. Web. <http://fibca.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Part2_Filling_of_FIBCs.pdf>.

Traffic Cones for Less

Traffic Cones for Less

We are kicking off 2015 with the lowest prices on traffic cones. Our traffic cones have always been priced well but now we can bring them to you for a lower price than ever while still keeping that same great quality you’ve come to know us for.  We invite you to look around and we think you’ll find these are the best prices for packaged traffic cones out there.

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Delineators - Traffic Delineators

Delineators 101

Delineators are used in many different ways. Because they are lightweight and easy to move and store, they are a great option for temporarily redirecting traffic, blocking areas and temporary road closures.  Unlike Bollards which tend to be heavier and used more as an obstruction to traffic and to protect from ramming, delineators are lighter weight and serve a more visual capacity to help direct traffic.  However, they are still sturdy and their flexible material will withstand impact if needed though they might not stay upright.

There are different versions of delineators. One of the most common is the simple open top delineator which is highly visible and portable. They can be purchased with or without reflective bands.  The ring top delineator and claw delineators are similar but have an opening at the top to allow for use of caution tape with the delineator.  The caution tape can either be held in the claw or wrapped around and through the ring.

One of the popular delineator models is the DP 200 Series post which is a 3-inch round channelizer made of polyurethane. Polyurethane is the toughest flexible plastic available and is extremely flexible. Even at extreme temperatures it returnsto an upright position after impact. The DP 200 posts are highly visible both day and night and help to delineate driving lanes with bright colors and reflective sheeting.  It has been NTPEP tested and meets the requirements of NCHRP 350 for Category 1 Devices.

The most important things to look for in selecting delineators is durability and visibility.  All the delineators at Traffic Safety Warehouse meet MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) standards. If you need help in determining the best traffic control device for your project, give us a call and we will be happy to help you.

 

 

LED Road Flares

LED Road Flares – The Advantages of LED Flares

LED road flares are quickly replacing the old fashioned traffic flares for many reasons. They offer greater visibility, are water proof and virtually crush proof. Because of their durability and better performance, LED flares are used by police, fire fighters and other first responder crew. Because they are so affordable, they are also becoming an essential piece of equipment for the average person as well. They come in easy to handle packs and fit in the corner of your trunk. At Traffic Safety Warehouse, two of our most popular LED road flares are manufactured by Supreme Supplies and Super Brite. They are both excellent quality and you will be happy with either. For more details on each see below.

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Supreme LED Traffic Flares
LED Road Flares - Supreme

  • Equipped with 16 super bright LED (red, blue or amber) that give 360° coverage and more than 10,000 hour LED life
  • High powered magnet to attach easily to metal surfaces
  • Extremely durable, you can drive over it
  • Water proof to depths of 100 feet
  • Visibility:  300 yards in daylight, up to 1 mile at night
  • 10 mile visibility by air makes them great for air traffic landing zones
  • The lithium battery provides up to 100 hours of continuous light and has as a 10-year shelf life.
  • Comes in a set of 6

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Super Brite LED Road Flares
LED Road Flares - Super Brite

  • 360° of light coverage from 16 super bright LED’s
  • Visibility: over 7 miles/visible, pattern light range up to 2 miles.
  • 9 flashing patterns
  • Powerful magnet to attach the flare to metal surfaces
  • Flares are waterproof and float
  • Crush and corrosion proof
  • Replaceable lithium battery

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Types of Barricades

Traffic barricades (also known as safety or road barricades) are used to control the flow of traffic in a specified area. They are used at construction sites, accident scenes, as roadblocks, at schools and in a variety of other crowd control situations. There are many different types of road barricades in varying sizes, weights and strengths. So it is important to choose the type of barricade that will best serve your needs. This is a quick traffic barricade overview for those who are just getting acquainted with the types of barricades and their uses that we hope you will find helpful.

Type I BarricadesType I Barricades

The Type I Barricade is so named because it has only one reflective rail. Typically it is at least 24 inches wide with orange and white stripes alternating at a 45 degree angle. Sometimes, a second non-reflective rail is added to help give it a more stable base of support. Often Type I Barricades are used for pedestrian traffic control and are used on low speed roads.

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Type II BarricadesType II Barricades

Type II Barricades have two reflective rails, also with alternating orange and white stripes. Because the bottom portion of the barricade is also a reflective surface, these generally offer better visibility at night than the Type I Barricades. These barricades also meet the requirements for use on expressways or other higher speed roads.

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Type III BarricadesType III Barricades

Type III Barricades are larger and have (yes you guessed it) three reflective panels with alternating orange and white stripes. They are at least 4 feet wide (or larger) and are most often used for road closings because of their size and visibility. You have seen these types of barricades positioned across roadways for detours, road closing and other types of traffic control.

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A-Frame BarricadesA-Frame Barricades

A-Frame Barricades typically include a pair of A Frame barricade legs plus a two-sided reflective barricade board. Often they are used to keep a safe distance for workers or pedestrians on roadway work sites or for events needing crowd control.

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Traffic Barrels - ChannelizersTraffic Barrels

Traffic Barrels (also referred to as channelizer drums) are also used at construction sites and have alternating white and orange reflective bands. They typically have a rubber base that helps them to remain upright during strong winds or when hit by a vehicle. Most have a handle on top for easy pick up and carry as well as to provide a place to place a barricade light for increased visibility at night.

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Retroreflectivity & Sign Visibility

Sign visibility in construction, school and pedestrian zones has always been a big priority for increasing safety. With advances in technology, there are better options available to help decrease the likelihood of accidents.  To understand reflectivity and visibility, it is helpful to understand a few important terms first.

Sheeting – is the  front of the sign that is attached to the substrate.  The sheeting helps determine both the retroreflectivity and the sturdiness of the sign. The majority of traffic signs are required to be reflective according to the the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and OSHA.

Retroreflectivity – retroreflectivity is a measure of a materials’s a ability to reflect light back to its originating source and affects the visibility of the sign it’s used on.  Engineer grade reflective was once the standard for sheeting material on reflective signs but new FHWA regulations have replaced this material with materials like High-Intensity (Prismatic) Reflective and Diamond Grade Reflective. Prismatic reflective sheeting meets all of the FHWA, MUTCD and OSHA requirements. Diamond Grade Reflective is now the standard used when very high retroreflectivity is needed to ensure greater visibility.  Hilly roadways, roads with sharp turns and/or really dim lit roads are all candidates for this type of sheeting material.

Traffic Safety Warehouse carries a huge assortment Engineer Grade products,  High Intensity Prismatic Sheeting products  and Diamond Grade Sheeting safety products including barricades, channelizers and diamond grade tape.  If you have questions concerning which is the most appropriate grade for your project, just give us a call.

More Resources on Sign Reflectivity and Visibility Requirements:

FHWA Sign Retroreflectivity Requirements 

OSHA Safety Requirements for Signs, Signals and Barricades

MUTCD Sign Retroreflectivity Requirements