Color Code for Utility Marking

Breaking ground for construction, farming, or any other reason requires ensuring you’re not damaging any existing infrastructure. Taking that extra step can prevent serious damage below ground that can sometimes be irreversible or unfixable. You are also putting yourself and others at risk without fully understanding the underground landscape and the implications of digging into it. The first step you must take before breaking ground is to call your local “One Call” shop where you can get all the information you need on the underground systems already in place.

Before beginning any excavation, it is required that the area is properly marked above ground. Those markings are usually in the form of small colored utility flags or posts, with paint, chalk, tape or even wax lines made between the markings. Generally, flags mark larger systems like multiple ducts or large pipes and posts mark smaller pipes and cables. Still, make sure to check your local code to ensure proper usage.

In an attempt to better educate the public, the government funded American Public Works Association (APWA) has shared a color code for utility markings on their website.

The color code reads as follows:

“WHITE – Proposed Excavation

PINK – Temporary Survey Markings

RED – Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables

YELLOW – Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials

ORANGE – Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit

BLUE – Potable Water

PURPLE – Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines

GREEN – Sewers and Drain Lines”

Finally, correctly marking an area is as important as understanding the markings, and it never hurts to double check. If you do come across an unmarked structure, it is important to fully understand it before continuing your project. Take the extra time to reach out and use the resources at your disposal to ensure that you’ve covered every precaution.

Barricade Lights

Barricade lights are important equipment additions when it comes to increasing worker and driver safety.  Barricade lights can be added to devices like barricades, barriers, drums, cones and panels, to ensure that product visibility and awareness is high. In poorly lit or hard to see areas, a barricade light can increase the life of your device, and make sure that its purpose is fulfilled. Some states require certain products to be used with a light. If you aren’t using barricade lights already, then you may want to consider finding the right type for you by understanding the following:

Minimum Requirements

Every state has their own regulatory traffic code, and within it are the minimum standards that must be met. If your state outlines the need for lighting on particular traffic safety devices, then it will likely outline the minimum requirements that the light has to meet. If your state does not outline any need for lights, consider the importance and impact they serve.

Different Types

As a consumer you have four different types of barricade lights to choose from. Lights can vary by intensity, visibility and application. It is critical to match the right light with the reason for their presence.

Type A lights are low-intensity and flashing from both sides.  They are used to mark hazards and closures; warning traffic rather than guiding it. Type A lights can be seen at night, but are not permitted for use during the day.

Type B lights are high intensity and flashing from one side. They usually have a back and hood that allow all of the light to be angled in one direction. The applications are similar to Type A, however Type B lights mean that they can be seen during the day. This means that they are usually, although not always, LEDs.

Type C lights do not flash, but burn steadily. They are used to alert drivers of the traffic devices rather than to warn them of the hazards beyond the devices. Type C lights can be seen guiding traffic through poorly lit construction zones. Some lights have the option to flash or burn, making them Type A/C or Type B/C, depending on their intensity.

Type D lights have 360 degrees of visibility, so that users do not have to worry about aligning each light. Type D lights many be flashing or steady burn, with many having the option for both.

Powering Options

Like ceiling lights, barricade light bulbs can either be incandescent or LED. The difference is that LED’s use far less power to produce the same light that incandescent bulbs do, or produce far more light using the same amount of power. Therefore LED’s will last longer and are capable of producing more light; not to mention less waste is better for the environment. LEDs are more expensive per unit, however the shelf life of an LED compared to an incandescent light typically makes them cheaper overtime.

A third option for powering your barricade lights is solar. Some lights come with solar powered panels that completely recharge a battery, and some with solar assist, trickle charging the batteries and prolonging their life. Like LED’s, the solar powered units are more expensive, but the extra power can cut down costs overtime.

When it comes to batteries, it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Most lights are battery powered by lantern batteries or cell batteries. Some are powered by Nimh batteries, alkaline batteries, lithium-ion batteries or rechargeable batteries.

Color Options

Typical traffic devices use the amber colored lights, however there are many uses for red, blue and other colored lights. Red and blue lights can be found at airports or near railroads, and typically have more intensity than an amber light does.

At the end of the day, there is no price on safety, and we want to make sure we get the best use of our traffic safety devices. Adding a barricade light to enhance the visibility of your device, or to warn drivers of the hazards beyond them, can make the difference that an unlighted device won’t. With the appropriate light attached to your device, we can guide ourselves into a safer future.

What are Channelizers

Channelizers are traffic safety products used to alert and direct traffic through roadwork or away from hazardous areas. They are often the orange plastic molded products that you see lined with reflective sheeting. Plastic channelizers are weighed down by a rubber base, varying in shape, size and function. Different channelizers are often used state to state, based on specific regulations. Additionally, all channelizing products are required to meet the guidelines of the Federal Highway Administration.

Types of Channelizers:

Traffic Drums

Channelizer Drums

In the event of roadwork being done in a high-speed area, you will usually see channelizer drums between the worksite and motorist activity. The size of these drums allows for the largest amount of reflective sheeting, making them easily visible to drivers maneuvering through the area. The flexibility of the drums allows them to easily snap back into shape when they take on any damage.

Vertical Panels

Vertical Panels

Vertical panels are used in a similar manner as barrels, but are seen more often when traffic is divided, when there is limited room, or when state guidelines specifically call for them.  They have become increasingly popular as an alternative to the larger channelizing drums since they are cheaper and easier to transport and store.


Delineators are another type of channelizer used to guide vehicles through roadwork or hazardous areas. The tall slim design of delineators allows them to be effectively used between lanes of guided traffic, and easily stored.

  Channelizer Cones

Cones are more often used to channelize traffic in slower moving areas, or alongside smaller roadside projects. Generally cones come available in three sizes: 18 inches high, 28 inches or 36 inches and may sometimes include a handle at the top that makes placing and removing them from the roadway easy.

The Difference Between Channelizers, Barriers and Barricades

While channelizers are used to direct traffic, barriers and barricades are used more to restrict it. Barriers are large, heavy, wall-like structures that are used to physically protect workers from traffic.

The purpose of barricades is not to directly protect workers, but to alert drivers. On the road, Type I and Type II barricades are used in work zones while Type III barricades mark closings.

Although the types and uses of channelizers differs slightly between states, they all serve to alert traffic and protect drivers and workers.

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How to Install Rubber Speed Bumps

Rubber speed bumps may be regarded as superior to asphalt for a number of reasons: they’re easy to install and remove, they’re less damaging, and they’re cheaper. Although installing a rubber speed bump can be fairly easy, it’s important to do correctly to ensure it stays in place and lasts.

The first step is to make sure that you have all pieces and tools readily available for the installation. Different products have different specifications, so make sure that you have tools that will allow you to follow their specific guidelines. Besides the actual speed bump, your product may have come with either spikes (recommended for asphalt) or bolts and shields (recommended for concrete). Additionally, you will need a drill and hammer for installation.

Tools for Speed Bump Installation

Upon gathering the proper tools, follow these steps:

  • Place the speed bump where you plan on installing it.
  • Drill holes through the designated areas on the top of the bump. Your product should specify the size of your drill bit, matching the size of the spike or lead shield that will ultimately hold the product in place.
  • Remove the bump and re-drill the holes to ensure that they are deep enough. Again, the depth depends on the kind of bump you are installing. Once the holes are drilled, remove any debris from the area. If you are using bolts and shields, hammer the lead shields into the holes before placing the speedbump back into position. Additionally, it may be recommended to fill the holes and layer the bottom of the product with an adhesive.
  • Once the speed bump is back into position over the holes, secure it in place. If you are using spikes, then you will hammer each spike into place. If you are using bolts and shields, then you will tighten the bolt into the shield at this stage. Make sure that the speed bump is as secure as possible to ensure proper usage, and minimal damage. A ratchet may be used to securely tighten each bolt.

Note that it is recommended to remove rubber speed bumps before winter to prevent snow plows from destroying the product. Leave at least a few inches between speed bumps to allow for draining and possible expansion. Most rubber speed bumps are not designed for speeds exceeding 15  MPH.

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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.





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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Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (Fibca). “FIBC Handling Guidelines Part 1 – Storage of Empty FIBCs.” (n.d.): n. pag.FIBCA. FIBCA. Web. <>.

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (Fibca). “FIBC Handling Guidelines Part 2 – Filling of FIBCs.” (n.d.): n. pag. FIBCA. FIBCA. Web. <>.

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.


12″ Orange Traffic Cones
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18″ Orange Traffic Cone w/Black Base
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28″ Orange Traffic Cone w/Black Base
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36″ Orange Traffic Cone w/Black Base
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