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Why You Need Seasonal Warning Signs

December 19, 2017

Warning signs are important to meet government regulations and provide safety for your community. Signs must be reflective and be a certain mounting height and size to meet standard requirements. Certain signs only need to be posted certain times of the year, such as “slippery when wet” in the winter or during the rainy seasons.

Avoid Liability

If your signs do not contain sufficient language to warn drivers, you can be held liable if an accident occurs on your property. Warning signs such as “slippery when wet” are designed to work as uniform messages across the nation. These signs need to remain up-to-date with government requirements. It can’t always be assumed that old signs will still be valid, as laws are constantly changing at local levels.

Help Guide Traffic

If something is obstructing regular traffic in your area and a detour route has been established, you may want to help guide drivers with signs or barricades. Using signs can reduce confusion in your parking lot. “One way” and “do not enter” signs help control traffic and reduce the chances of accidents. A “slippery when wet” sign can be used to discourage traffic on a certain road.

Keep Traffic Away from Disasters

Sometimes rock and mud slides can affect roads in the winter. Usually roads with severe damage are sealed off and a detour is set up by local officials. You may want to alert drivers about such effects in your area as a reminder that slippery when wet roads lead to accidents. Sometimes roads get full of mud and rocks for hours before local authorities close the road.

Flooding occurs in many areas, sometimes even outside winter months. If your business is in the path of water that flows from a higher elevation, you may need flood warning signs. Most general warning signs are yellow and likely to be diamond shaped.

Seasonal Limited Use

Certain areas may be used for business just for certain seasons, such as an annual festival. Planners may want to install or switch signs that determine how seasonal traffic is conducted. A “slippery when wet” sign may only be needed for the rainy months.

When highways are opened or closed seasonally, it may affect other turnoffs. Green is a color for directional guidance signs, while blue guides tourists and evacuation routes. Brown signs direct people to historic monuments and places of cultural interest.

Maintenance Work

During slow seasons you may want to conduct maintenance work on your property. It’s a good idea to keep customers away from maintenance areas for liability reasons. Letting people know to keep out of certain areas helps develop trust that you are looking after their safety. The color orange is usually used for warning and guidance signs surrounding maintenance work.

Your business can help prevent accidents on your property by using warning signs, in which some may be seasonal. These signs will keep driving orderly in your parking lot and help guide visitors in your halls. You may need “slippery when wet” signs for both roads and walkways.

To learn more about signs for your business or roadways, contact Zumar in Arizona, California, or Washington for a free quote.

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