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Protecting Customers With Custom Metal Signs

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Custom metal signs can be made of varying sizes, materials, fonts, and coloring. Keeping customers safe needs to be a number one priority for retail establishments of all sizes. This article will discuss some ways these signs can be used to protect customers.

In restrooms
Restrooms can be breeding grounds for bacteria, germs and other microscopic organisms which can harm anyone’s health. Keeping restrooms clean and safe can help protect a firm in a number of ways. It lowers the likelihood of customers suing the company for unsanitary conditions, which are not in compliance with OSHA requirements. It protects a customer’s health. Clean restrooms can protect employees by promoting good health habits that prevent spreading airborne diseases in the workplace.

A company can use custom metal signs to emphasize good hand washing techniques. This can be done by placing the sign above the hand dryer or towel dispenser. Adding the company logo and favorite coloring onto the sign will provide customization and improve brand awareness.

Placing a custom metal sign above the disposal container for used feminine hygiene products will lower the likelihood of customers throwing items into the garbage can.  This practice is unsanitary and worthy of a citation by the local health department. Check OSHA laws to be certain, but these disposal containers may be a requirement that all retail establishments must abide by or face possible punitive damages.

Customers like to know that workers are using sanitary practices. It promotes good will, a concern for both customer and workplace safety and can be the foundation for a positive reputation throughout the community. Placing a custom metal sign that lists good hygiene habits for employees to follow is one way to express this concern to both the public and workforce. Customizing the sign’s shape to fit perfectly into the appropriate area will go far for getting the message across.

By entrances
Custom metal signs placed by a retail establishment’s entrance point can serve a variety of purposes. The sign can promote a daily special, a limited time only offer, or welcome the customer into the venue. A welcoming sign that uses a familiar company logo and font will improve brand awareness. It may even improve lead generation and conversion rates.

The entrance may be the beginning of the checkout area in a particular department. Custom metal signs optimally placed can direct customers to waiting lines and areas. Free-standing signs that contain customized arrows or pointed fingers will direct customers in the proper direction. That sign can be all that is needed to avoid confusion and keep customers safe.

Possible hazards
Every retail establishment at some time faces a potential health hazard. Whether it is something spilled onto the floor by a customer or employee, wet floors due to rainy weather outside being carried into the store, or low-hanging merchandise, companies must inform customers about these hazards. Custom metal signs that notify customers of impending low-hanging merchandise for instance will serve notice that the individual must be on heightened awareness.

Placing a wet area sign that is customized with the establishment’s coloring and font will serve notice that individuals in the area must be on heightened alert to walk safely or avoid the area.

A retail establishment that places customer safety as a number one priority will be laying the foundation for years of success. It helps improve customer loyalty, lead generation, reputation and profitability.

Tom Dalton

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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5 Factors To Consider When Using Custom Metal Signs At Point of Purchase Sites

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Point of purchase locations are areas where people congregate to purchase goods or services. Custom metal signs fit in perfectly with these locations since people have available time to read information. If used properly, these signs can improve profitability and overall operations. If used improperly, they can be a waste of money. Learn how to use these signs to achieve success by following the below recommendations.

1. Check positioning
Firms can spend a fortune on designing and perfecting a custom metal sign, but if the sign is not optimally placed, it will fail. Take a look at some popular checkout points in a big box retailer, for instance. Are there signs on the checkout counter that are not facing the waiting line? The signs may inadvertently be facing the cashiers or employees. When this happens, it defeats the purpose of the sign.

Take the time to make certain a sign is properly positioned. Check periodically throughout the workday for optimum exposure. Include this task in the employee to do list to assure overall success.

2. Consider height
Many people will quickly lose interest if a sign requires extra effort to read. Placing the sign at, or near, eye-level will heighten exposure. Viewers will easily be able to read what message is being conveyed. Having a sign placed at eye level or an equivalent height will enhance brand awareness, customer response rate, and potential lead generation. Point of purchase signs that require customers to bend, stoop, or look upwards for extended times will decrease the effectiveness.

3. Place near promotional items
Nothing is more effective than a well-positioned point of purchase sign placed near promotions, special deals, or one-time lead generators. Big box retailers have optimized this marketing strategy tool for years. Look at any check register area, for instance. Successful retailers will optimize this marketing strategy by surrounding the checkout point with numerous, but well-placed promotions and signs. A colorful, efficiently sized sign with bold print will draw attention to the item and can easily bring customers in from other store departments.

4. Consider the size
Size plays a crucial role in how successful a custom metal sign is for point of purchase sites. Signs that are too large or too small can be more of a distraction than benefit to the company. An improper size can easily cause customer frustration and decreased sales. Customers may even talk with friends and associates about how a certain company uses inappropriate sign sizes. This can hinder sales, referrals, and possibly the firm’s reputation.

5. Be eye-appealing
Nothing sparks customer curiosity more than seeing an appealing point of purchase sign. It can turn a die-hard browser into a paying customer at the blink of an eye. Having a company logo, coloring, and wording all mixed together into one eye-appealing message will add to the ambiance, customer satisfaction rate, and brand awareness.

Custom metal signs provide a number of options for point of purchase sites. Working with a sign professional who has experience in designing eye-appealing point of purchase signs can be one of the best decisions a retail establishment makes.


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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3 Point of Purchase Secrets Using Custom Metal Signs

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Point of purchase sales relies upon customers making impulse buys. All retail establishments must optimize this key component to improve profits, customer satisfaction, and lead generation. Implement the following three secrets while using custom metal signs to satisfy your customers and your business model.

1. Design a memorable sign
Most signs are rectangular with standardized fonts like Times New Roman or Arial. Set your firm apart from the competition by making your custom metal sign stand out in the viewer’s mind. A uniquely designed sign can easily improve traffic to your store and ultimately improve your POP sales. Design your unique sign using interesting shapes, colors, and fonts. Instead of rectangular shaping choose a circle, octagon, crescent, or other favorable alternative.

Use your company colors and logo when designing your sign. This improves brand recognition and lead generation. Placing your company logo on one of the sign’s corners is a sure-fire way to draw attention to your business. You may also find that using your logo as the backdrop to your sign message will work well for improving exposure.

Consider using a fun and whimsical font that sparks interest and draws attention. As whimsical as a font can be, however, remember to be certain it is easy to read. Customers do not want to work at finding information about a business. The best way to determine the readability of a new font is by testing it out. Make a prototype of the sign and place it in the preferred location. Have employees or friends view the sign from a number of areas and distances to test the readability factor. A whimsical font that is nonreadable in regular case may simply need to be put in bold to make it user-friendly.

2. Optimize sign placement
Once you have designed a memorable custom metal sign, optimize its placement to improve traffic and POP possibilities. Check with your local zoning ordinances to see what is needed to place a curbside sign. Curbside signs can direct potential customers into your retail establishment’s parking lot. Once in the parking lot, use another metal sign to direct customers to your storefront.

Metal signs are perfect ways to bring attention to your store, both from the outside and inside. Once in your store, use a smaller metal sign to highlight daily specials. Place these signs at checkout counters or throughout your store’s interior. Marketing studies reveal that optimal point-of-purchase signs are placed at eye level. Use this to your advantage by placing signs near sale and impulse-buying items.

3. Find complementary merchandise
A key element of point-of-purchase sales is complementary merchandise. When a customer is interested in a main item, many available items will easily fit in with the need. Find these items and make certain your customers know about them by promoting the items with a custom metal sign nearby. In addition to using the signs to highlight merchandise, train employees to cross-promote products.

Point of purchase sales can occur on the same day or be used to entice a visitor to return on another day. When used effectively, a strong point of purchase program can spur customers to come back for more great sales opportunities. Working with a sign professional can be a good decision for designing the custom metal sign of your dreams.

 


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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Why Use Sandwich Boards To Improve Traffic

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Sandwich boards are those signs that resemble two pieces of bread in a sandwich. The feet can lightly be dug into the ground or easily placed on any firm surface. Boards can be constructed of various materials. Sometimes termed as “A” boards, these signs have played a vital role in commerce since the early days. When used effectively, these advertising tools can improve your lead generation and conversion rates. Read below to find out how.

They project a simpler time

Many people associate sandwich boards with a more simpler and less rushed time of life. A well-designed sign is relaxing and informative to read. It brings character to the neighborhood. People will enjoy stopping and reflecting on the sign’s message. Getting back to basics is becoming more popular by the day. There is no better way to bring on a homespun simplicity theme than by using a sandwich board as part of a firm’s marketing strategy.

They highlight creativity

Some sandwich boards, especially those constructed of a chalkboard, can show potential customers the creativity level of the business. Chalkboards provide a drawing easel for different chalk colors, designs, and artistry that cannot be found on electronic advertising tools. Sandwich boards placed outside of restaurants, for instance, can list featured menu items with drawings that stimulate interest. Creativity always brings in customers.

They are portable

Sandwich boards can easily be moved to fit the firm’s needs. Instead of being affixed to one site, the board can be taken to trade shows, meetings, conferences, presentations or other appropriate events. They can be placed in high foot and vehicle traffic areas. Sandwich boards are an innovative quick fix that can conveniently bring in new traffic.

They offer versatility

Sandwich boards come in a variety of styles and materials. Some can be constructed with a water base that makes tipping over nearly impossible. These fit in perfectly for use in high wind areas. Boards can be constructed of wood, chalk, aluminum, or plastic. Choosing an antiquated style will strike a nerve with those wanting a more classic and elegant tone of advertising. These signs are ideal for antique shops, consignment shops, tea parlors and other similar venues. Some firms may prefer a dry erase board that can easily be erased and reused. Still other firms may prefer the “lift up and drop in” feature that some boards offer. It all depends upon finding the board that meets the company’s needs and personality.

They are budget friendly

Sandwich boards offer something for all business budgets. These marketing tools come in different sizes, materials, colors, and prices. Businesses are looking to improve exposure while cutting costs. Sandwich boards are cost-efficient tools that enhance any marketing strategy.

They enhance marketing

Any successful business realizes the importance of having a well-rounded marketing program consisting of both permanent and temporary signs. A sandwich board can be used as a temporary sign that can easily be moved at the end of the event or day. The board can also be used as a supplement to permanent signs. The more ways a business finds to use a sandwich board, the greater its value in the firm’s marketing program.

Sandwich boards provide an ideal way to improve traffic to any firm. Deciding upon which sandwich board works well for your business can be confusing, however. Consulting with a trained sign professional will be your best bet.

 


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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Stop Crime With No Trespassing Signs

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The Value of No Trespassing Signs and No Loitering Signs

Both trespassing and loitering signs are commonplace in cities and towns nationwide, but the reasons for these warnings are often overlooked by the casual passerby or business owner who may or may not be aware of the important roles they play in the enforcement of the law. Both signs are effective and preventative measures for residents and business owners to take up against unwanted or unsightly activities they feel inhibits the safety of the property or the rights they are entitled to by law. Potential criminal activities can be deterred by these otherwise unassuming signs through unique loopholes in the local laws which state that such warnings must be expressly given to the general public before any trespassing or loitering can become a punishable offense. Store owners will find more success posting a No Loitering sign in front of their business than they would simply monitoring the area themselves, while No Trespassing signs along the perimeters of private property successfully deter the majority of trespasses by the general public who might be inclined to breach your private property if such an explicit warning has not been given.

An Effective Measure

Local laws typically stipulate different penalties and perjuries depending on whether or not a warning or forbiddance was given; ignorance of a homeowner’s private property or a business owner’s preference against loitering is often excuse enough to break through such comfort zones and engage in both trespassing and loitering. The presence of trespassing and loitering warnings give business owners and residents the legal authority to fine or penalize someone who lingers around the building or home, or enters into areas the public is not welcome. Local police departments recognize the authority of these signs in ways that they might not recognize the unsaid authority of a person’s property, and it’s this proclivity for clearly printed, publicly displayed warnings that have made such signs so effective. No loitering signs in particular are good preventative measures to take for store owners tired of people crowding around their establishment, potentially deterring new customers and damaging the environment with cycling, skateboarding, gum, trash, and other accumulations that inevitably collect when people are allowed to hang their hats without recourse. Trespassing signs can alert citizens and criminals alike that a property or area is private and off limits to them, which similarly allows the owner of the property to prosecute the trespasser should the warning be infringed upon.

The Ordinance

The success of No Trespassing signs and No Loitering signs depends on the resident or business owner’s understanding of the local ordinances. A sign that is old, faded, and illegible will often not qualify as a legal deterrent, and it cannot be used in future prosecutions when a property is trespassed upon or loitered around. Many territories also require written agreements between the property owner and the local police department in the event that the owner seeks to prosecute a bystander who neglects the sign. For this reason, signs should be well maintained, bright, clean, visible, and prominently displayed in front of the concerning area. Property owners must abide by these ordinances in order to successfully utilize any No Trespassing or No Loitering sign, and a failure to do so will result in an ineffectual warning and a potential trespass or loitering that the property owner will be unable to successfully take action against.

Tom Dalton

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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Street Signs or Art

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From a young age, the image of traditional street signs is tied to a reaction in developing brains – even children that aren’t able to read yet can tell that a red octagon means “stop” and a green traffic light means “go.” While this makes for excellent safety habits in these same young children, age and repetition can cause the true impact of these signs to fade into the background for adults. Cities are stepping up with a unique solution, responding to the gradual muting of these messages by handing over street signs to artists for inspired, unexpected makeovers.

Honk Honk Haikus
One of the early adopters of the artist-as-urban-planner, New York made headlines last year with an unusual series of brightly-colored traffic signs that emphasized concepts like bike lane etiquette and the importance of crosswalks. Using a palette of sorbet neons and smart, witty haikus about traffic just below, each of artist John Morse’s creations helps deliver a message to some of the most harried pedestrians and drivers in the nation. While these tongue-in-cheek takes might never entirely replace their more commonplace black and yellow brethren in New York City, they do provide an excellent reminder that tends to stay with the viewer.

Surprise Poetry
Across the country, an LA artist named Rebecca Lowry is posting poetry for poetry’s sake. Using colors and fonts more suited to the stern regulations and warnings found on street signs, Lowry instead crafts sublime little poems that catch their readers off guard. One such sign eloquently requests company for a lonely autumn evening, looking at a glance like any other informative street sign. These interesting installments, found throughout West Hollywood, are a reminder to stop and consider what is being viewed, an encouragement to digest as much as consume the words on the street signs we follow each day.

Guerrilla Signage
While some street sign transformations are sanctioned by local officials, others are done on the sly by creative spirits that some call artists and others call vandals. These alterations can be as drastic as installing a new sign made to resemble an official one, or as simple as the addition of a few vinyl stickers to add a funny twist to a familiar icon. A group of artists calling themselves TrustoCorp has secretly installed signs in a handful of city locales, admonishing passerby to adhere to the “Obesity Zone” they’re passing through, or informing them that there is “No Snitching Allowed” in the immediate vicinity. These signs use red, white, black, and yellow schemes to blend in as official-looking until they’re examined more closely. Typically, these signs are removed fairly quickly after they’re discovered, making them an interesting temporary art show in the interim.

As metropolitan areas grow more visually cluttered with statements and rules printed on signs, an artistic twist – sanctioned or not – can be a real breath of fresh air. The antidote to some distraction may be as simple as a larger sign or brighter paint, but a complete overhaul at the hands of an artist can turn a simple street sign into something that makes a truly lasting impact on everyone.


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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No Bullying School Zone Signs

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According to recent studies, a whopping 71% of school-going children report that bullying is a problem at their school. Almost 60% having actually witnessed some kind of bullying happening in front of them with a further 75% of all school-related shootings documented as being a result of bullying at school. These numbers are beyond frightening, and in recent years, school violence, shootings and hectic bullying behavior are issues that are making front page news far too often.

There are five key issues involved in tackling the bullying problem:

1. Where is the violence coming from?

Schools are taking steps to protect students and to gain control of bullying in schools, which as it has come to light, is a much more serious problem than anybody ever realized. School violence is on the rise, and it is a catastrophic combination of socio-economic and harassment issues stemming from both home and school that are contributing factors to a situation that has the potential to spiral out of control.

2. Protecting our kids

Schools have started implementing all sorts of programs across the US, in an effort to bring this horrendous situation under control and to bring down the number from almost 300,000 bullying victims a year to a flat zero. Signs strongly forbidding bullying are becoming a regular sight at schools, libraries, parks, gyms, computer classes, rec rooms and playgrounds. It’s a huge bid to highlight the effects of bullying, helping kids identify bullying behavior and opening up, owning up and reporting it.

3. Learning how to cope

The more awareness there is, the more education there is, the more that schools, parents and kids talk about and address the issues, the quicker change will come about, and the quicker that shocking number will fall. Bullying was never such a visible subject as it is these days, and schools are finally coming to the party, providing resources, support and education to kids of all ages in an attempt to clean up the classrooms and the playgrounds so that they don’t turn into war zones.

4. Where change needs to happen

Instead of kids skipping class and staying home, just to avoid confrontation and violence at school, there needs to be a procedure in place so that kids can feel safe by reporting the issues at hand. Kids who bully need serious support, help, and rehabilitation to ensure that they don’t evolve from the aggressive playground bully into a violent criminal offender as an adult; just as much as the victims of bullies need support, counseling and rehabilitation themselves. Families need to be brought in, communities need to come together, and with the right amount of control, pressure from the right people and support from the authorities, bullies will lose their power forever.

5. The No Bully Zone

With no bully and bully free school zone signs being placed in visible areas where kids and teens spend the majority of their time, they will have an ever present and constant reminder of the serious implications of bullying. This and other interventions are being put into place as part of a movement to bring the humiliation, pain and suffering to an end before it gets any worse.

 


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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No Smoking Signs Are On Fire

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Due to the public demand and many new laws enforcing the rights of non-smokers, no smoking signs are on fire. Here are some of the ways the war on tobacco is being waged:

1. They can be decals.

Establishments that are totally non-smoking can inform the public about this by using decals. Decals can be put on a variety of windows including storefronts, restaurants, hospitals and medical care facilities, retirement communities, retail establishments, cars and vehicles, and businesses of all types. Decals can be put on restaurant menus to emphasize the importance the venue places on customer health.

2. They can designate particular areas.

Some establishments have designated smoking areas, like restaurants. When this happens, nonsmoking signs can be used to teach others which parts of the establishment are available for smoking and which are not. Signs can be placed on table tops, counter tops, and near entrances.

3. They must meet zoning laws.

As with any public sign, non-smoking signs must meet local zoning ordinance laws. This means they must be placed in certain locations, a certain number of feet away from other items, be of specific sizes and/or contain specific wording and material. Check with zoning laws to be sure what applies.

4. They can be door or wall hangers.

Door hangers provide a convenient way to notify others of particular rooms being nonsmoking and can come in handy in establishments like hotels, hospitality venues and private meeting rooms. Wall hangers, or signs, can be placed in noticeable areas like bathrooms, lobbies and other high-traffic spots.

5. They can be used for medical purposes.

Federal law prohibits smoking in any medical facility. Non-smoking signs placed in both the interior and exterior surroundings will keep everyone informed of this. Many individual medical conditions require nonsmoking areas to be in place. This applies for respiratory machines that require oxygen dispensing and usage. Hospitals may have non-smoking signs to designate oxygen storage areas. Many smokers may want to smoke and plead ignorance about not knowing smoking is prohibited. Non-smoking signs can serve as a teaching tool and aggressive way to present the anti-smoking voice, or, they can be a gentle reminder about the importance of not smoking. Some signs can thank individuals for not smoking and for being considerate of others.

Non-smoking signs provide good public safety by lowering risks due to second-hand smoke, notifying of dangers associated with lung damage, and showing that smoking is not acceptable in many medical institutions. Signs usually use few words, provide information in an easy-to-understand, and pleasant, yet forceful manner making them universally informative. Signs play an important role in operating a healthy, safe and secure healthcare facility of any kind.

6. Non-smoking signs can be customized.

With so many uses and facilities that can use nonsmoking signs, it is important to find a vendor that makes customized signs. Signs can be designed to fit in with a room or interior décor, match the scheme already in place, be made of specified materials, and come in a variety of shapes to meet the buyer’s needs. Shapes include rectangular, square, circles, triangles or sculpted versions. Signs can be reproduced onto specialized backing to meet client preferences.

Customized signs range in price, depending upon the extent of customization needed and materials used. Check with many vendors to find the highest quality product for the best price.

Finding, and using, the correct nonsmoking sign can go far toward protecting public safety and everyone’s health.

Tom Dalton

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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Effective Communication With Road Signs

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1. They can improve traffic flow.

Road signs can improve all types of traffic flow. Traffic crossing signs inform passengers which direction to walk, which reduces the likelihood of jaywalking and other illegal activities. Crosswalks can be designated with safety signs, so they inform pedestrians about upcoming areas to cross streets. Pedestrian crosswalk signs placed near the walkway improve traffic flow and safety levels. These signs also let drivers know about areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Safety signs can come in handy in school areas. School areas can be a tricky place for traffic involving pedestrians, students, and motorists to all co-exist safely. Signs can point out street crossings, upcoming speed limits, school zones and school hours. This information makes the entire area a safer place for all coming in contact with it.

Signs can effectively communicate how to properly navigate intersections. Intersections are the location for the highest level of fatalities due to the complexity of traffic pattern options available. Without safety signs, a haphazard traffic flow would exist at all levels. This statistic can be reduced by having traffic lights placed in noticeable heights at appropriate spots. Red stop signs placed at each intersection corner make pedestrian and driver movement safer. Caution signs can inform drivers of upcoming round-abouts, making the streets safer to navigate. Caution signs can also inform drivers and pedestrians of upcoming street worker areas, protecting the workers and affected parties from injury and accidents. A beeping alarm placed at intersections can be used to notify visually-impaired people of available street crossing times. This protects against injury.

Safety signs can also improve traffic flow involving bicyclists. Placing a bicyclist crossing sign that contains a bicycle symbol notifies everyone to be aware. Heightened awareness improves safety. These signs inform drivers to be aware of bicyclists, and also inform bicyclists, and can help parties stay safe by designating areas specified only for bicyclist use.

Safe and walkable communities need to consider the elderly and mobility impaired. Put up signs that signify pedestrian walking, with traffic lights nearby so motorists can stop when needed. Designate the crosswalk on the street surface, so walkers know exactly where to cross. A yellow sign with “pedestrian crossway” will notify everyone of possible pedestrians.

2. They can protect during night.

Nighttime can be a particularly challenging time to navigate around. Using reflective lights that stand out is one way to effectively communicate and keep everyone safer.

Using bright fluorescent signs, whether digital or standard, to notify drivers of work and/or construction zones is another way to keep everyone safer.

3. It can help the mobility impaired.

Safety signs can effective communicate areas specified for the mobility impaired. These signs can be either electronic, like flashing traffic lights, or standard street signs. Motorists are aware that there may be slow walkers in the area and to give way, if needed. This reduces the risks of injury for the mobility impaired by allowing them to walk at a comfortable pace that their level of health permits without worrying about being hit by a car. It also protects the driver by, hopefully, putting them on notice about the special area.

Safety signs come in all shapes, types and forms. Using them judiciously requires zoning law approval, proper placement and strong viewability.

Tom Dalton

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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5 Ways to Create Safe And Walkable Communities with Signs

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A safe and walkable community expands transportation options, encourages bicyclist and pedestrian activity and also serves people of all mobility ranges. Signs serve the purpose of letting people know what to expect – they are the most basic and import forms of communication. This improves the likelihood that a person will react properly and behave according to plan. Community communication can range from dynamic LED traffic signs to highly visible school signs.

1. Use railroad and/or public transportation access signs.
Use these signs wherever there is access to public transportation or rail transport. The railroad sign may consist of crossbars that close off walking access when trains move by. Make certain there is a warning sign stating not to walk on railroad tracks. Prepare motorists about upcoming railroad crossings by placing notification signs that include symbols for railroad tracks. Read your zoning laws for proper placement requirements.

For public transportation venues, make certain signs specify operating hours. Having signs with both verbiage and symbols will help readers of all nationalities. For instance, for a bus terminal, have a symbol that represents a bus.

2. Use school crossing signs.
School crossing signs are crucial in creating safe and walkable communities that involve educational facilities. Depending upon one’s vicinity, the signs may designate school hours, speed limits and pedestrian crossing lanes. These signs encourage pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to yield to school children entering the area. Make certain the signs are easy to read, are placed in a clearly visible place, and comply with zoning ordinance laws.

3. Make intersections safe.
Intersections can be one of the most troublesome of areas for motorists and walkers. Most fatalities occur at intersections due to the complexities of traffic patterns and signage. Place a red stop sign at each street intersection corner. Improve the safety level by implementing some pedestrian signals like signs with drawings of walking individuals. To assist the visually-impaired, consider implementing a beeping alarm to inform walkers it is safe to cross the street.

If a round-about exists as an intersection, use signs that signal the proper directions riders need to take to improve traffic flow effectively and reduce accident risks. Designate bicycle crossings by placing a yellow sign with a bicycle symbol near the crossing.

4. Make streets safe and user-friendly.
Make sure streets are easy to navigate. If the street has any abnormalities, like a speed bump or road hazard, place a sign nearby to warn motorists and individuals. Speed bump signs can be the word “BUMP” on a yellow rectangular sign. Road hazard signs like deer crossings could be a deer drawing on yellow rectangular-shaped metal. Put a red stop sign on each street corner so walkers stop before crossing the street. Use traffic signals in populated areas to create traffic flow gaps, making it easier for pedestrians to cross the street safely.

5. Designate special areas.
Safe and walkable communities need to consider the elderly and mobility impaired. Put up signs that signify pedestrian walking, with traffic lights near by so motorists can stop when needed. Designate the crosswalk on the street surface, so walkers know exactly where to cross. A yellow sign with “pedestrian crossway” will notify everyone of possible pedestrians.

Make certain to check all signs to be sure they provide adequate reflectivity during nighttime hours. Signs need to be placed and used intelligently to assure respect and compliance from everyone.


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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online-only company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, custom neon window signs, sign stands, sign hardware, banners and sign making materials.

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