Wet floor signs are important supplies to have around in order to keep people safe from slip hazards in your place of business or even your home.
As you shop around for wet floor signs you will notice there are several types available. Although the traditional A frame style will fit the needs of most facilities and situations, other styles of wet floor signs might work better for your particular needs.
There are three major types of wet floor signs:
Standard A-frame wet floor signs: This type of wet floor sign has two panels two it, which lay flat on top of each other and are connected to each other on one end. To deploy the sign, just pull the two panels apart and prop the resulting legs on the floor, creating a self sustaining A shaped sign. The two panels are usually connected by a chain or hinge to keep the sign from folding out too far and flattening out. The exterior of each panel displays the warning to stay away. Standard wet floor signs work well in most situations, but they are especially good at barricading door ways, stairways, corners, and corridors. However, barricading tighter areas, such as a single bathroom stall and narrow hallways might be a little more difficult if not impossible. Likewise, if you need to barricade a large area setting up several of these signs might present some logistical problems because janitorial carts can only fit one or two at the most. So the more return trips that you must take to storage the room means more time that you leave passersby exposed to the slip hazard. Lastly, these signs do not offer 360 degree visibility. So if you are trying to barricade an area that experiences traffic coming from all directions, some passersby might not be able to see the warning or may experience a delay in receiving the warning.
Wet floor cones: These variations of wet floor signs are a very popular alternative to standard A frame signs because of their mobility. First, they are much lighter so they take less time and work to deploy. Many times they are a one piece solution that don’t require any folding or unfolding. Second, you can usually bring along several cones at once to the hazard area so there are less trips that you must take back to the storage room, allowing you to barricade even a larger hazard area quickly. Third, they take up far less space so you can be really specific as to what you want to block access to, such as a bathroom stall, and narrow corridors, and you can fit them in tighter areas. Obviously, storage is not a problem so you can hold several of these cones into even a small storage space. One huge advantage to using wet floor cones is that many of them offer a wider range for displaying the warning. Some cones even offer a 360 degree display range. Also consider the fact that people generally recognize cones as some sort of warning or barricade faster than signs, and naturally stay away from the associated area. Many times the actual warning on the cones do not need to be read, whereas a sign often times needs to be read in order to get the message. There are two types of wet floor cones available. First there are the standard rounded cones with square bases. These usually have two cautionary messages imprinted vertically one two sides. They are usually made of a very durable material such as high density polyethylene or vinyl plastic. Plus, they have a heavy base with rubberized bottom to keep them from tipping over. The other type of cone is the four sided cone. Though they are considered cones, they are often times rectangular. This rectangular shape gives them the advantage of being able to warn passersby from nearly any angle. Plus they have a small hole on top so you can slide in accessories such as a flashing light, designation sign, or even caution tape when you are using two or more of these cones. Storing and transporting these cones is still easy because you can stack multiple units on top of each other. With all their advantages, they are not without their disadvantages. First, they are generally more expensive, about two times more, than standard wet floor signs. Second, if placed around corners or doorways, where only a short moments notice is given to any person that may enter the pathway, there is a chance that the person might not see them and even trip, because they are generally shorter than standard wet floor signs. There are some taller models that you can purchase which might circumvent this problem. However, you are generally better off setting up an additional cone with designation sign in the pathway right before the corner or doorway.
Pop up wet floor signs: These are the most mobile type of sign. When you purchase them, they usually come packaged in a carrying tube or similar device. To deploy this type of sign, all you need to do is slide it out of the carrying tube and it will automatically unfold and prop itself up. Pop up wet floor signs are able to do this because they have flexible frames, usually made out of spring steel, or equipped with some sort of spring loaded retracting mechanism, which deploys three legs like a tripod. Plus, the actual signage outfitting the frames of these units are made of durable fabrics instead of solid materials. These are excellent solutions for facilities without any storage spaces or with small storage spaces. Carrying tubes can fit in a small closet, mop bucket, or any other small nook that you can fit them in. Some pop up wet floor signs are designed to fit into a disc-like storage container. These don’t have legs but have a continuous spring steel frame in the shape of a triangle. To store the unit, all that is required is to pinch the two bottom ends together and twist to fold it down into a tight little square, which can easily fit into something as small as a drawer. Or, you can stack several of them on utility shelving. Even larger facilities can benefit from pop up wet floor signs because you can mount them onto walls near major clean up areas. That way, there’s no need to go back and forth to storage. Unexpected spills can be easily dealt with because you have quicker access to the signs. Although they are a fabric based sign, they are highly durable because the fabric is really tough. Plus, they have a construction that gives, so kicking or stepping on them won’t be a problem because they will simply spring back into their original shape. Of course, if they get caught on something sharp, their fabric will tear, so be careful not to snag them. One disadvantage to using them is they tend to tip over with large gusts of wind. So setting these up near doors or windows might not be the most effective use for them. Also, if you need to use fans to quickly dry a certain area, these are certainly not the best signs to use.
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