Nothing Trumps Safety on Black Friday

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Thanksgiving is just three days away! And, while many people are preparing for the arrival of family and friends to join them as they sit around to enjoy a mouthwatering turkey dinner with all the fixings, many others are gearing up to kick-start the holiday shopping season off.

According to the yearly National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, an estimated 25.6 million people will hit the stores in an effort to purchase electronics, toys and clothing at some of the year’s best prices. This is down from last year’s figures as approximately 44.8 million consumers shopped in 2013.

However, for consumers to actually purchase the best deals they seek, they’ll have to brave “Gray Thursday’s” madness knowing that there are a limited number of items available for the advertised price and that they’re definitely not the only one who wants one (or two for that matter).

Although the total number of shoppers expected this year is down from last year, it is still big enough for retailers to take some necessary precautions, including following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recommendations.

“OSHA urges retailers to take the time to adopt a crowd management plan and follow a few simple safety guidelines to prevent unnecessary harm to retail employees.” This according to David Michaels, assistant labor secretary. Each store’s crowd management plan should include the following:

  • On-site security guards
  • An emergency plan in the event something goes wrong.
  • Safety barricades surrounding the entrances of the store.
  • Limits on how many customers may enter the store at one time.

Another way retailers are making their stores safer is by staggering their sales. What this means for consumers is that the prices advertised at 6:00 p.m. are only good for a specified amount of time – typically until the next round of sales begin, which in most cases is 8:00 p.m.

In the name of competition, Walmart is practicing yet another subtle – but extremely clever – form of crowd control by incentivizing their brick-and-mortar customers with “One Hour Guarantees.” They are thus far the only retailer to offer this incentive.

Consumers that arrive during a specified one hour window will be awarded with the door buster regardless of whether they run out of stock or not.  Knowing that you’re guaranteed to receive the item 2 weeks prior to Christmas really alleviates much of the stress associated with the evening.

As does knowing that nothing in life goes according to plan. So if you’re one of those brave souls that will venture out in pursuit of some great deals remember to breathe and know that while this year’s Black Friday shows much potential to boost the economy; nothing trumps safety on Black Friday.

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Action Barricade is focused on creating safe environments for big events, such as any Presidential Events. We can recommended the proper safety equipment based on what event you have. We can also focus on traffic control outside any large events. We provide anything from road barricades, to traffic control signs, and message boards.

Having the proper tools and equipment at your next event will increase cooperation from drivers and pedestrians. And to insure that the equipment is reliable and safe, we research all of our products to guarantee you the most efficient event tools. In order to create the most controlled event environments, it requires a reliable and knowledgeable company to provide, set up, or sell you the right barricades. action barricades

For more information on how to buy or rent the best event barricades, you can visit us at: Action Barricade, LLC

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Traffic Control Equipment Rentals

Controlling traffic in the busy streets of Phoenix – whether for an event, block party, race or vehicular traffic – is typically never the easiest task one wants to undertake.  Ever have more traffic than you know what to do with?  Ever wished there was an easier way to control it?  Action Barricade Company LLC can provide you with the means necessary to control traffic no matter what your particular needs may be.

As our name suggests, Action Barricade is a company that gives our clients’ the ability to control the city’s traffic, by simply providing them with the finest quality traffic control equipment.  This equipment includes barricades, movable cones, movable speed bumps, signs, message boards and so much more.  Best of all, we have offices in both Phoenix, and Flagstaff!

Are you in the midst of planning a block party?  Use your judgment on which lanes to open and avoid any safety issues with our temporary lighting and barricade equipment.  No matter what your traffic control needs, you can count on us not only to provide you with the equipment you need, but to ensure you’re provided with a strategic plan outlining the city’s specific traffic control requirements.

Start your traffic controlling career in the Valley of the Sun and watch the traffic zoom right on by with our comprehensive flagger training program.  This program will provide you with all of the information you need in order to conduct your job efficiently and without harm while properly utilizing traffic control equipment.  If you’re ready to start the path to an exciting career, contact us today at (602) 288-6350.

In addition to our promise of delivering the highest quality equipment, we strive to do so at some of the best rates in town, in order to ensure you receive the best bang for your buck.  We work with contractors, utility companies, state and local governmental agencies, the department of transportation, the railroad industry, commercial business owners as well as residential home owners.

How to Throw a Neighborhood Party!

How many of your neighbors do you know?  No matter if you just moved to a new neighborhood, or if you’ve lived there all your life, it can understandably be hard to meet most of your neighbors.  Deciding to organize a neighborhood party is one of the best ways to meet those that you don’t already know as well as create community spirit.

However if you decide to organize one without enlisting help, or don’t have the proper know-how, you may quickly cause yourself to become overwhelmed.   With our simple neighborhood party tips, you and your neighbors will receive maximum enjoyment, without shelling out a lot of dough.

 Tip #1 – Enlist Neighbors to Help

We recommend enlisting a group of 5 to 6 dedicated volunteers to help you organize.    Once you have enlisted enough volunteers then you can assign tasks.  For example, if you’re planning to have activities for the kiddos, you’ll need someone to oversee the activities so that nothing goes awry.

Tip #2 – Receive a City Permit

While this may not be needed in some communities it is best to check with your local Arizona representative to avoid being shut down or fined.

Tip #3 – Send out Invitations

Probably one of the most cost-effective ways to get the word out is to make your own fliers with your personal computer, print out however many copies you think you’ll need, and distribute them throughout the neighborhood.  Here is where you can also enlist the help of your kids – putting them in charge of flyer delivery – they’ll love it.

Tip #4 – Safety Precautions

Ensure that you have taken every safety precaution that you can possibly think of: food preparation and storage, supervision of children, lighting is in place and that you have barricaded off the area (especially in larger residential neighborhoods) so that no one can drive through your party: just to name a few.  Action Barricade rents everything you will need, such as barricades and lighting, to block off your chosen party venue.

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Weather Never Stops Us Phoenicians!!

As the weather warms up here in Phoenix, it’s as if this is also the time for the construction industry to get to work. Driving around downtown Phoenix, you will see multiple construction sites with construction workers working hard in the heat. What you will find here in Phoenix is that the heat does not stop the work needing to be done.

Many times, you are left with sweaty and hardworking men and women, who are determined to get their job done, just as anyone in an office or restaurant would. Regardless of the season, when it is time to work, that is exactly what happens.

Action Barricade understands this work ethic and we are always ready to help supply you and your company with the materials and traffic control devices to get the job done. We carry all kinds of traffic control signs, construction barricades, and even light towers, for those jobs that run through the night. We will even help recommend you the appropriate set-up of traffic control equipment for the specific needs of the project.

There is constantly work to be done, even though the hot Summers of Phoenix, but the project is completed each time with the right equipment and strong working team.

What is the Goal of the Project… ?!

 

Safety is always important in any type of task and/or events. Here at Action Barricade, we have all your traffic control equipment needs in order to keep every person safe while starting and complete each project. Each project requires different traffic control equipment to accomplish that specific task, for example, if the goal is to perform construction work overnight, light towers would be recommended, while construction during the day may require traffic cones, and so forth.

Knowing what is need for each project and/or task is crucial in starting and completing it. Just like any other project we were told to create while in school, starting at the brainstorming stage is important. This allows for questions that can be considered and answered before even arriving at Action Barricade. Important questions to considered are as follows:

What am I trying to accomplish?

How long will this project take?

What traffic control equipment is best for the specific needs?

When and where will this project take place?

How can Action Barricade help in completing each project?

Spending time on trying to answer these questions and coming up with more questions will essentially help to better understand the project as a whole. Even if the answer to the question is unknown, for example, “How can Action Barricade help…”, just let us know the plan and ask all your questions, and we will come up with the rest. We provide assistance in traffic control plans and service. This means helping with the initial plan or the current plan. We have traffic control equipment to suite each demand, such as, arrow boards, temporary concrete barriers, even temporary water-filled barriers, and so much more.

Even having experience in the field, these questions help to establish a solid plan that can be executed through the knowledge of what materials and equipment must be used to complete the task. We work and assist anyone who needs traffic control devices and equipment!!

Is your project coming up? Take a seat and begin brainstorming for the best solutions for each project. Get creative and draw, write, chicken scratch, or any other method that works best for you in creating the perfect plan. Then stop by or give us a call at (602) 288-6350 to discuss all the traffic control equipment that is needed to get the job done efficiently and without any harm to others and employees!!

Importance of Traffic Control Devices

Traffic Violation

Every day, most people need to be at work, school, or even outside for a morning jog. For those who drive, following the driving law in your state is always crucial to getting to your destination without any violations or accidents. Over the years, the fines for traffic violations have gone up in hopes of encouraging drivers to be aware while driving. As encouraging as it may be, many licensed drivers still continue to receive a variety of tickets, all categorized under traffic violations.

Traffic Control Device

One tip to avoid a traffic ticket is simply to be aware of ALL traffic control devices. These traffic control devices are there to protect each and every driver, as well as, any employees working on a construction site near the roads. Failure to do so, will cost anywhere from $184 to $224 in the City of Phoenix, and a ticket that will affect your driving record. The violation code for this ticket is 28-644A1 and is called, “Disobeying Traffic Control Device”.

As easy as it sounds, many people fail to follow the traffic control devices. Knowing to avoid any distractions while driving, and paying attention to each traffic control device, will surely keep you out of trouble with your state’s driving laws. As for car accidents, that is a different story. Stay distraction free, keep your eyes out for those traffic control devices, and KNOW what each signs means, and get to your destination safely, and ticket free!!

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