Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety

The National Safety Council reports that over 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries occur in parking lots and that number is on the rise. They cited the primary reason as the increase in mobile devices by both pedestrians and drivers.

According to a poll from the National Security Council*, respondents said they would do the following while driving their car through a parking lot:

  • Program GPS  – 63%
  • Send or receive emails  – 50%
  • Use social media – 52%
  • Take photos or watch videos – 49%
  • Use a smartwatch  – 43%
  • Surf the Internet – 43%
  • Video chat – 42%

View the CBS video below to see the full story.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

  • Put your phone away and no earbuds. Both your eyes and your ears should be engaged to watch for traffic and listen for moving cars.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Pedestrians should keep their eyes up and off any screens and moving to scan their surroundings like they would at a street crossing.  Drivers should be trying to scan the full 360 degrees before backing out of their space.
  • Pedestrians don’t assume that drivers can see you. More often than not the pedestrian sees the car moving before the driver will see the pedestrian walking.
  • Walking in groups is better for both general safety and for helping drivers to see you.
  • Avoid parking next to someone who is parked at an angle when possible.
  • Wear the right shoes in slippery weather to help avoid falling in the parking lot.
  • Pedestrians should not take shortcuts between cars. Drivers are typically not expecting people to appear between cars.
  • During the day it is suggested that you park further away from the building where it is less congested. At night you will want to park closer so you have less distance to walk to your car (especially if you are by yourself) and so you are closer to building lights.

While the responsibility lies with individuals to be alert and take care for both their own lives and the lives of others, there may be some products that will help to keep your parking lot safer.

Car Coming Parking Lot Alert

Be Alert Sign

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Write On Sign Board

Flex Sign

 

Parking Lot Safety Reference Links:

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/13340-avoid-parking-lot-hazards

http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/safety/general-safety/parking-lot-safety/

*http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=164

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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How to use wheel chocks

How to Choose and Use Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are a critical tool to have when working on a vehicle that has the potential to roll. Usually, wheel chocks are used when the vehicle needs to be lifted at one end for maintenance purposes. Sometimes wheel chocks are used for larger vehicles parked on an incline, to keep them from rolling downhill.

Determining the Right Size Wheel Chock to Use

Measure the height of the tire you need to secure using a tape measure.  Most professionals suggest buying a wheel chock that is about one quarter the height of your tire. Once you have gotten the correct size wheel chock, you will want to be sure that the wheel chock fits snugly next to the tire.  In some instances it is better to use more than one wheel chock.  For instance, if you have a vehicle on an incline or a heavier vehicle you will typically want to use at least two wheel chocks and maybe even more (depending on the weight of the vehicle and the grade of the incline). Again, you will want to make sure each wheel chock is placed snugly up next to the tire.  Larger vehicles like RVs and trucks will typically guide you to use 4 wheel chocks so that both the front and back end tires are secure.  You can get more information by looking in your owner’s manual for the vehicle you plan to secure.

At Traffic Safety Warehouse we have a large supply of wheel chocks for all different types of needs. The majority of our wheel chocks are made of either tough recycled rubber or molded urethane. There is good reason for this.  Rubber and urethane wheel chocks last longer and are more resistant to weather damage and abrasion. Urethane wheel chocks may also be more resistant to damage from oils and solvents.

Below are just a few examples of the many types of chocks we carry at Traffic Safety Warehouse.

Popular Wheel Chocks

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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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Gemstone Vertical Panels

Plasticade has a great video describing their Gemstone Vertical Panel which we wanted to share.  These panels are among the best designed in the industry with faceted sidewalls which allow the panel to snap back into place if it’s run over.  They also have a recessed sheeting panel to protect the sheeting and help it last longer.  Additional reinforcement in the base adds extra support to resist splitting and tearing.

In addition to their use for channeling traffic, these vertical panels are very useful in parking lot applications. They come in orange and white colors to fit state requirements and the bases are made out of recycled rubber to help make it more environmentally friendly.  It’s a great, durable product all around and we highly recommend them for your parking lot and traffic control needs.

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Parking Cones - Traffic Cones

Parking Cones

Parking cones, also referred to as traffic cones or road cones come in several sizes and have many uses.  They range from 4  inches to 42 inches in height. The most commonly used parking cone sizes are the 28″ traffic cone and the 12″ traffic cone.  Traffic cones are very durable so they can withstand impact with cars and weather.

Parking cones can be used in construction zones for diverting traffic, for dividing lanes or used as parking devices. For use in construction zones and other traffic control, the 28″ traffic cone is generally the best choice because of their greater height and visibility. For city streets, the minimum acceptable height for traffic cones is 18 inches.

12″ traffic cones which are often used for in parking lots, for marking off play areas for kids, or as temporary barricades in indoor settings.  The smaller cones like 6″ parking cones are often used in sporting events.

Cones that are to be used in night settings must have a reflective collar.

If you have further questions about the proper size or type of traffic cone for your event or job, please contact us.