Pedestrian Safety Requires Different Solutions in Different Situations

Maintaining pedestrian safety is a challenge in many different situations There is pedestrian safety in neighborhoods, disaster response, construction sites and public venues to name just a few. Understanding that different situations present unique challenges is important.

Pedestrian Safety in Neighborhoods

pedestrian crosswalkPedestrian safety is becoming a larger issue in our communities. People are walking more. They are moving to urban neighborhoods and adding steps to improve their health. And of course, children will always be playing near the street.

There is much that we can do to improve the safety of our communities. We do not need to rely only on the police for enforcement. Our community can organize to play an important role in managing traffic safety.

Pedestrian Safety during Disaster Response and Recovery

cone with chain connectorResidents that evacuated want to return to see what damage has occurred to their personal property. This is understandable. However, debris is strewn everywhere. Accidents are likely to occur in this scenario

Disaster Recovery crews are working hard to ensure residents are not trapped or lying injured in their homes. Cleanup crews are trying to act quickly so emergency vehicles can move freely through the streets. Residents are tired and emotional, but, feel compelled to check on their homes. This is a very dangerous time.

Pedestrian Safety During Road Construction

During the construction process, traffic patterns will be disrupted. This is due to a combination of temporary routes and detours. Traffic safety products are required to meet the requirements identified in Traffic Control Plans.

Pedestrian Safety in small public venues

plastic crowd control postCrowd Control can be challenging for even the smallest of venues, such as signup for Little League Baseball or a voting booth. However, the simple act of creating an easy to identify lane for people to follow can address this challenge.

Since people will instinctively arrange their movement using the site of a simple obstacle. small crowds can be managed with lightweight devices. A line can be easily created, providing a visual path for the small crowd to follow. The result is order rather than chaos.

Traffic Safety

At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide traffic safety products to keep workers, volunteers and citizens safe in varying situations. Contact us at Traffic Safety Direct and let us know how we may be able to assist you.

Assistance for Crowd Control in Public Venues

Crowd Control can be challenging for even the smallest of venues, such as signup for Little League Baseball or a voting booth. However, the simple act of creating an easy to identify lane for people to follow can address this challenge.

As stated in the post “The Science of Crowd Movement, Mentality, and Control

For instance, particles move in lanes unless they encounter some sort of obstacle. Humans are the same. Even on a busy street, we see people walking in lanes – those walking east, those walking west, etc. If there is an obstacle in the street, such as someone stopped to tie their shoes, the flow of the lane is interrupted and a number of other obstructions may occur as a result.

Since people will instinctively arrange their movement using the site of a simple obstacle. small crowds can be managed with lightweight devices. A line can be easily created, providing a visual path for the small crowd to follow. The result is order rather than chaos.

Plastic Portable Post

plastic crowd control postA plastic portable post is an economical alternative to steel or concrete posts. This is perfect for use outside, either “as is”, or with the base ballasted with sand or gravel. There is an optional sign holder for customized messages. This is available in white or black. The height is 39″ with a plastic chain available in white, black or yellow.

Plastic Chain Cone Kits

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Alternatively there are plastic cone kits. This comes with a cone chain connector that has four ends. This configuration provides flexibility for the direction that the lane is to take.

 

When small crowds gather in a small space, chaos can occur. With a little forethought and preparation, much can be done to ensure that order is maintained during the event. If you would like to learn more about controlling crowds, please contact us at Traffic Safety Direct.

 

How to Move Heavy Equipment into Flooded Areas

As the hurricanes have moved out, heavy equipment begins to move in to begin rebuilding neighborhoods and businesses. Cleanup is occurring in Texas, Florida, the Carolinas and the islands, as Harvey, Irma and Jose move on. More hurricanes are in line to follow.

The dilemma becomes moving heavy equipment into flooded areas for the heavy-duty cleanup phase. Trees, boats, and cars are strewn around neighborhood yards. Only heavy equipment can remove such obstacles. As the name suggests, these vehicles will sink in the mud and, they themselves, will become just another obstacle.

Waiting for the land to dry hard is not an option. People need to get back into their homes and begin to rebuild their personal lives.

In our previous post Neighbors Become First Responders When Weather Conditions are Severe,  we recognize that immediately after the the disaster hits, neighbors are helping neighbors as best they can with the tools and equipment they have. But, as the water recedes and the renovations begin, heavy equipment is needed to clean up the incredible devastation. The challenge is how to allow the heavy equipment to operate in such a raw environment.

white ground protection matOne solution is Ground Protection Mats. These rugged mats are made of 1/2″ thick recycled polyethylene. They are virtually indestructible. They can withstand vehicles weighing up to 120 tons. These mats bend but do not break in record cold and heat.

AlturnaMATS is a major brand. They are available smooth on one side or smooth on both sides. These mats are ideal for removing debris from dirt areas. They are made of rugged 1/2″ thick recycled polyethylene with a bold cleat design for great traction

With Ground Protection Mats, the recovery and renovation crews can build a roadway or working platform in minutes, leaving the turf smooth, even in soft conditions

Another alternative is to use plywood. But, with Ground Protection Mats, there are no splinter or warping issues resulting from water logged plywood.

If you would like to learn more about methods and products to assist in working in wet soggy areas, contact us at Traffic Safety Direct. We love to share our experience.

 

Keeping Residents Safe During Cleanup After a Catastrophic Weather Event

When a hurricane or tornado has passed, recovery and cleanup operations must begin; and they must begin quickly. Just because the inclement weather has cleared out of the area, the need for safety has not gone away.

Residents that evacuated want to return to see what damage has occurred to their personal property. This is understandable. However, debris is strewn everywhere. Accidents are likely to occur in this scenario

Disaster Recovery crews are working hard to ensure residents are not trapped or lying injured in their homes. Cleanup crews are trying to act quickly so emergency vehicles can move freely through the streets. Residents are tired and emotional, but, feel compelled to check on their homes. This is a very dangerous time.

Below, we cover some of the traffic safety products useful within a disaster site.

High Visibility Apparel

To reduce risk, workers should wear proper safety apparel. Without proper apparel, they are at a tremendous risk of not being readily seen. The proper safety vests will increase the well being of authorized workers.

school-crossing-guard-safety-vest-class-2The safety vests that are the best choice are called High-Visibility Safety Apparel. The vests should meet the standard safety apparel requirements of ISEA “American National Standard for High-Visibility Apparel”. The apparel should be properly labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-1999 standard performance for Class 2.

Electronic Safety Baton

safety batonThe Electronic Safety Baton is the most common light used to direct traffic. This is a LED baton 20″ total length – the red portion of wand 13″ in length. It has 2 Functions: Red flashing and Red steady.

Water Fillable Barricades

water filled barricadeThe best uses for Water Fillable Barricades are temporary work zones and Road Detours.

These water fillable barricades are light weight and can conform to any road way design. No heavy machinery is needed to install. But, they can be picked up by a forklift.

Classic Folding barricade

classic folding barricadeThen there is the Classic Folding Barricade that are the standard for high quality traffic barricades. These are a safer alternative and have a lower liability than metal or wooden barricades, since they are plastic. They come with provisions for a mounting light.

Breakaway Barricades Type III

breakaway barricade Type IIIThe Breakaway Barricades Type III are NCHRP 350 compliant. There are two pieces that are comprised of a top U channel that snaps into the second piece, which is the bottom base.

They never rust or splinter. Ballasting is with water (warmer climates), sand or sandbags. So they are quick and easy to set-up or take down.

Be Prepared

If you are interested in proper equipment, such as barricades and safety apparel that help these authorized workers do their job, contact Traffic Safety Direct. We love to help, answer questions, and share our experience.

 

Neighbors Become First Responders When Weather Conditions are Severe

The hurricane season has just begun and it has come at us with tremendous force. Accompanying the hurricanes are violent tornadoes that form further inland, as the hurricane becomes an inland storm. The impact is felt over many miles.

The hurricane season is proving the Weather Company’s forecast to be true. They said:

“Increases in tropical Atlantic sea-surface temperatures and a quick start to the season have compelled us to move our forecast numbers up from 15/8/3 to 17/9/4 in this month’s update,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company.

Emergency response teams have been well prepared for these severe weather conditions. As we stated in our previous post, volunteer emergency response teams have been practicing all summer.

Emergency response organizations often use summer charity events to ensure precision execution of their processes and procedures.

The emergency response teams include government agencies. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Amateur Radio Operators (HAM) to name just a few.

However, in this hurricane season, we see, more than ever, neighbor helping neighbor. The reason is the devastation has been so great that these communities could not rely merely on trained and practiced organizations. Each and every citizen has been given the opportunity to become a ‘first responder’.

There are several factors that cause this situation during major catastrophic events. One main issue is that the typical first responders cannot get into the areas that need the most assistance. Roads are closed off and the situation has become so dire that it is too dangerous to enter these areas that need the most help. But already within the devastated area are individuals with skills and physical capabilities that can assist those that are not as fortunate.

In these recent extreme weather events, human nature has been at its finest.

Volunteers put themselves into danger to assist those in need. Each volunteer needs the equipment to help them stay safe. Below are some devices that any citizen can have on hand and available, if they are called into action. These devices help keeping the volunteer safe and adds to their capability to provide assistance.

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The Star Contour™ is made to “contour-fit” to the roof of your vehicle. The injection-molded polycarbonate base combines with a rubber-coated vacuum magnet to “custom” mount onto your vehicle. The result is a perfect fit with no scratches to your paint. It is Extremely low profile with a full 360° LED light output and a super bright M-Tech® LED technology that provides superior warning light image.

D-Beacon

d_beacon_2The D-Beacon LED flashing light with a viewing distance of up to one mile, can easily be mounted on any vehicle using its’ magnetic base, and instantly convert any normal car or truck into an emergency vehicle without wiring or mounting

The D-Beacon can also be adjusted for Dusk to Dawn operation only with a flick of a switch, making it truly the only economical alternative

Electronic Safety Baton

safety batonThe Electronic Safety Baton is the most common light used to direct traffic. This is a LED baton 20″ total length – the red portion of wand 13″ in length. It has 2 Functions: Red flashing and Red steady.

Be Prepared

If you are interested in proper equipment, such as emergency lights, and safety apparel that help these volunteers do their job, contact Traffic Safety Direct. We love to help, answer questions, and share our experience.