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

Create Your Own Sign with Custom Message:

Write On Sign Board

Flex Sign


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MUTCD Regulatory Signs

MUTCD Regulatory Sign Designations

A listing of some of the most common MUTCD regulatory signs and their designations.

Reflective Sheeting

Retroreflective Sheeting for Safety Signs & Equipment

Retroreflective Sheeting – Sheeting Grades and Uses

Reflective SheetingPresented by Traffic Safety Warehouse

Retroreflective Sheeting Transcript

Reflective sheeting is the material that makes road signs visible in the dark without having to rely on electricity.

Visibility increases with increasing grades of reflective sheeting with Diamond grade providing the most visibility for signs.

9 Types of Sheeting

  • Type I – Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type II – Super Engineer Grade, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type III – High Intensity Prismatic, glass bead material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type IV (metallized), microplasmatic material, example use: high signs, construction zone devices and delineators
  • Type V (unmetallized), microplasmatic material, example use: delineators
  • Type VI (Flexible Vinyl Retroreflective), flexible microplasmatic material, example use: roll-up signs, traffic cone collars, post bands
  • Type VII (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type VIII(unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators
  • Type IX (unmetallized), diamond grade, microplasmatic material, example use: high way signs, construction zone devices, delineators

3 common grade categories for safety products:

Engineering Grade,High Intensity Prismatic and Diamond Grade

Night Time Visibility

Typical night time visibility measures:
Engineer Grade – about 500 feet
High Intensity Prismatic – about 1000 feet
Diamond Grade – about 1500 feet

Reflective Sheeting Products:
Traffic Signs
Roll-up Signs

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Selecting Traffic Sign Materials

A-Frame Sign Colors

Sign Colors

Signicade A-Frame signs now come in even more colors. The signs are durable, very versatile and affordable.  Customers can now choose from a wider assortment of colors including red, blue, green, white, yellow, orange and black.  These Signicade A-Frame signs are built of all plastic and have a regressed sign area to help protect the sign faces. The sign face can hold vinyl sheeting, metal Coroplast™ or acrylic sign blanks.  If needed, the signs can be internally ballasted with sand to give them extra upright stability.  Each signicade A-Frame sign comes with a molded-in-handle for easy transportation and they stack easily.

Available Sign Colors:

Sign Colors

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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

Signicade Signs

Which Signicade Sign is Right for Me?

If you are looking for quality sign products that will last and withstand tough weather conditions, Signicade signs are one of the most reliable brands available.  Signicade signs are portable and durable.  They come in several versions to accommodate the needs of any business.

The original Signicade Sign Stand is made of heavy duty plastic and has a slightly recessed face to help protect the sign that you may install with screws, nuts or two-sided adhesive.  They can be internally ballasted with sand to keep them standing in windier conditions.  This sign type is best for displays that are permanent or that you plan to change infrequently.

If you are in need of a sign that will allow you to change messaging more frequently and easily you will likely find the Signicade Deluxe Sign Stand to be the best fit. These sign stands also are made of durable plastic and allow for internal ballasting with sand to stabilize for windier weather. Additionally, the Signicade Deluxe Sign Stand has a “Quick Change” feature which allows you to quickly and easily change your messaging.  Once your new sign message is inserted “Stay Tabs” keep your sign securely in place.

For a more complete look at both signs, please watch the video below.

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Simpo Signs – Plasticade Simpo Square Sandwich Sign

The Plasticade Simpo Square 24 Sign Stand is one of our best sign products because of its durability and flexibility of use.  Because they are all plastic, they will not rust and the need for maintenance is eliminated. Just wipe them down from time to time and you are set to go.  The simpo signs include a patented quick change feature which allows the sign to literally be changed in seconds.  The sign itself is held in place with stay tabs so that it is held securely and will not shift.  On top of the simpo sign there are grabber hinges with allow a rider panel to be used.  When opened all the way, it will keep the sign from opening too far. The sign stand has textured feet to avoid sliding and is internally ballastable with up to 3 pounds of sand on each side.

This is a great sign for real estate signs, sidewalk signs, store signs, restaurant signs and more.  They are extremely reasonably priced and will last a long, long time.

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