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Roadside Safety (night time mainly)

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  • Roadside Safety (night time mainly)

    I searched the forums but had a hard time finding it so i apologize if this is redundant.

    We're looking to upgrade our road safety equipment. Mainly night time. We wear the vests (and although they are bright, they are only reflective) and we've had a few near misses. I'm looking at all and any imput. We have the standard roadside flares, but i'd like to go with something a little easier and safer to use.

    Has anybody used the LED flares? I've searched different companies and manufactures and i see the puck like LED's, but do people actually know what they do/mean?

    Thanks so much for the help

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    You can get LED flares that go on the top of a traffic cone - they'll probably work with the collapsible variety of cones, too. I think I've seen them offered as a package deal.



    That said - one way to ensure that our people are safe is to give motorists plenty of warning - day or night. We had a closure on the Interstate a few years back due to a power pole in the median being struck by lightning. DOT came out and set out cones for us according to their guidelines. TWO MILES of cones. We usually think we're doing good with a half dozen cones.

    You've probably seen the "Ten Cones" video.

    Another key point is to have a watchman, whose sole job it is to watch oncoming traffic. Again, we have a tendency to set cones and forget, assuming that traffic will obey our revision of the traffic flow.

    So - given that each apparatus is now supposed to have something like five cones on board - strip everything and set out as many cones as possible. If you don't have an LED flare for all of them, go every other one.

    Here is an excellent resource: http://www2.erie.gov/fire/sites/www2...0Resources.pdf.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    • #3
      Get some folding pink signs to inform the driver of emergency ahead. They work well.

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      • #4
        Yes, we use the LED flares. We drop them well in advance of the incident, especially before the curves in the road to give drivers advanced notice. Nothing will help though if they're a distracted driver.

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        • #5
          Get on facebook or google Jack Sullivan
          Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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