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 DrumsChannelizer 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 the area. The flexibility of the drums allows them to easily snap back into shape when they take on any damage.

Vertical PanelsVertical 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, being cheaper and easier to transport and store.

DelineatorsDelineators

Delineators and channelizer cones are also 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.

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, with 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.

 

 

 

 

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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:

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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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Starting at Only $17 Each

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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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