Holiday Event Planning: Barricade Rentals

holiday event planning

Holiday cheer begins here. Sure, the Jack-o-lantern carving kits and superhero costumes are still on the shelf, but further down the aisle we are already seeing trees, ornaments, and holiday decorations as stores begin promoting their holiday sales in October. Are you or your organization looking to host a holiday event this year? Then keep reading for some inspiring holiday event planning advice.

Now is the time of year where strategy should be at the forefront of your organization’s conversation. Whether your organization is planning a winter carnival, holiday lights event or New Year’s Eve celebration, you will need to start planning your holiday event now (if you haven’t already). This is key to the success of your event. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” ~ Alan Lakein An unplanned holiday event, unfortunately, is likely to fail.

One of the most often overlooked aspects of any holiday event planning is assessing the need for crowd control and pedestrian safety. Advanced planning will help you accomplish this! If you are planning any of the following holiday events, you will need to rent barricades, crowd control fencing, and temporary lighting to ensure that your event goes off without any troubles:

  • Haunted House
  • Trick or Treating Night
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Santa’s Village
  • Holiday Lights Event
  • Winter Carnival/Festival
  • Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
  • Outdoor Hockey Game Night
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration

Step 1: Answer the following holiday event planning questions.

  • How long will my event run in terms of hours or days?
  • How many attendees can I expect?
  • Will my event be open to the public or only for certain members?
  • Do I need any temporary fence to direct crowds and mark off VIP areas?
  • Do I need flaggers to direct the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic?

Step 2: Contact a barricade and crowd control fencing rental company to begin working with an special event planning specialist. A event planning specialist will assist you in determining what and how much equipment your event will require. If you do your homework, planning your holiday event should be seamless, no matter your event’s location or the amount of attendees you expect it to receive.

With over 50 years experience, Action Barricade Company provides competitive pricing, prompt delivery, and superior service for traffic cones, message boards, temporary lighting, crowd control fencing, and event barricades for all your holiday event traffic control needs. We also have American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) accredited flaggers who can safely direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic to and from your holiday event.


Preventing Wrong-Way Traffic Accidents

wrong-way traffic accident prevention

It’s every driver’s worst nightmare – a car headed in the wrong direction. When wrong-way accidents occur, the results are often devastating as most collisions occur head first, with little or no warning, and at high rates of speed. Over the last year, the state has experienced a rash of wrong-way accidents, including three consecutive accidents that occurred last May in or around the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, most of these accidents involve drivers who are impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, driving the wrong-way or on the wrong side of the road, factored into 3.1 percent of all fatal crashes within the U.S (NHTSA, 2009). While that may not sound like a very big number, compared to the 1.3 million involved in other types of accidents, but it’s shocking enough to warrant attention. Especially when you consider all of the traffic control signage and medians that are in place on state highways preventing just that.

In an effort to remedy the problem, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has begun testing radar-based systems aimed at detecting wrong way drivers, in three separate locations throughout Phoenix. The systems are designed to alert highway patrol officers when a wrong way driver enters a freeway. The system also alerts other drivers through the use of freeway message boards. The test is part of a larger effect by ADOT to reduce, if not eliminate, wrong-way crashes.

In addition to the electronic system, ADOT is also considering lowering “wrong way” signs to eye level for easier viewing, as well as increasing the amount of raised pavement marking that are currently installed on select off-ramps. The markings are invisible in the correct direction of traffic, but reflect a bright red light if viewed by a wrong-way driver. While the survey ends next month, the electronic signage which is currently installed at the following locations, is expected to remain.

  • The northbound exit at Interstate 17 at Carefree Highway
  • The eastbound Interstate 10 at Ray Road
  • The northbound Loop 101, off-ramp, at Thunderbird Road

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Traffic Barricades: A Reliable Lifesaver

safety barricade, traffic barricadesTraffic barricades are a reliable lifesaver. By controlling traffic, or keeping traffic safe from steep cliffs, they save lives. Whether it’s rounding a corner slower or slowing down in a construction zone, driver often realize that when barricades are present, they need to show caution.

When barricades are present on Arizona’s roadways, specifically those with flashing lights, drivers know that there is something – road construction, pedestrians, events, etc. – there that they need to be on the watch for. When drivers slow down in these situations it additionally saves them money.

Traffic Barricade Applications

With over 200 events and tourist attractions taking place each year throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, traffic barricades and lights are often used to direct traffic, as well as to block vehicular and pedestrian access to certain areas. This includes blocking off entire streets.

Barricades are also often used to block people from entering a crime, fire or natural disaster zone in order to avoid compromising the area’s integrity. When a movie or commercial is being filmed, barricades are used to deter pedestrians’ from walking on set unauthorized.

The most popular application for barricades includes roadway construction and road safety zones (think Highway 87 with all its steep turns and cliffs). The main purpose of barricades in these types of situations is to keep drivers and workers from accidentally becoming injured.

Using Traffic Barricades

When safety is paramount, and you need to direct pedestrian or vehicles away from certain designated areas, barricades are extremely useful. Most model barricades are lightweight enough that they can be easily maneuvered and installed from site to site.

Due to their resourcefulness they are additionally cost-effective – you can literally use them time and again for many different applications. You can rent or purchase barricades that meet all of your specifications. For more information, or to rent/purchase barricades, be sure to contact Action Barricade LLC.

Summer 2014 is Here – Let the Fun Begin

In the summer, life is different…


With warm weather upon us, free wind blowing through our hair and the water beckoning us, who really wants to be cooped up inside?  Get outside and let the fun begin!

Summer is the best time for creating and hosting outdoor events such as movie nights under the stars, lake parties (which are my all-time favorite) and much, much more.

The tricky part, however, is that outdoor events don’t offer the same controlled environment as indoor events do, and causes you to be out in the heat for an extended period of time.

To avoid major mishaps, and heat exhaustion, you will want to ensure you’re properly equipped with a few beneficial tips on the best and safest ways to have fun in the sun.

Safety is Paramount

If your event is going to be mostly or entirely outdoors, it pays to remember that you and your guest’s safety is paramount, to ensuring your events success.

You will want to take into consideration the temperature for that day and provide air conditioning, fans and plenty of shaded areas (shade canopies work great and are fairly inexpensive to rent or purchase).

You will also want to be prepared with plenty of sunscreen (trust me when I say SPF 50 or higher) and water for any activities you and your guests may be partaking in.

Lighting Sets the Mood

Nobody and I do repeat, nobody, likes attending a darkened event – that is unless, of course, you’re hosting a movie night under the stars type of event.

For other types of events that may be taking place in the evening, artificial lighting strategically place throughout the venue, is essential to ensuring your event’s success.

With warm weather – which averages at 105° – and longer days, now is the best time to take full advantage of the life that awaits you during summer while having fun in the sun.

Just remember to be safe!

Traffic Control Devices | A History Lesson

As we drive through the many streets, highways and freeways that make up Arizona’s roadways, we will often find ourselves faced with one traffic control device, after another.  The variations of the traffic control equipment on the roadways today – as many of you have already noticed – are immense.

However, these devices don’t go without their fair share of history, nor did they arrive without their fair share of challenges. Many manufactures began developing traffic control devices and signs shortly after the arrival of the first-ever automobile; over 100 years ago.  These devices are on our roadways, not to frustrate us unnecessarily, but rather to insure we meet our destination safely.

Now for Some Interesting Facts

Road Surface Markings – The first road surface marking in history was a center line that was painted in Michigan in 1911.  Road surface markings provide guidance and information to both drivers and pedestrians.  Today road surface markings can be mechanical, non-mechanical or temporary.

Traffic Signals – Manually controlled traffic lights became commonplace, when in 1914, the state of Cleveland hung electric lights across its roadways that lit up the words “stop” and “go”.  The 3-color traffic signals that we commonly use today, however, weren’t installed until 1920 in Detroit.

Stop Signs – With the arrival of 1915, the state of Detroit saw the installation of the very first “stop” sign, which at the time had black lettering written across a white background.  In 1922, the increased use of this signage led to the development of the octagon shape that we are all familiar with.

Road Symbol Signs – We gradually started seeing the installation of road symbol signs within the 1960’s.  These signs commonly depict road conditions, speed limits, U.S. highway route numbers and other travel information for drivers.  As more and road symbol signs were adopted and installed, we saw fewer navigational problems.

Today, we now have more traffic control devices than ever before including; devices that monitor traffic such as traffic cams, solar-powered message boards that tell us how many minutes we can expect to spend on the road before we meet our destination, and road barricades that keep us from going in a direction we shouldn’t.  For more information, please contact Action Barricade.

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.

Featured Product: Water-Filled Triton Barrier®

The Triton Barrier® is one of our most popular barriers, especially in circumstances where they are needed for longitudinal re-directives.  Since it is a highly portable, water filled barrier it is ideally used in emergency situations or when space is limited.  This product can currently be seen being utilized in the City of Scottsdale.  For more information, please contact Action Barricade Company LLC. at (602) 288-6350.

The Triton Barrier® consist of a number of interlocking 6.5 foot barrier sections, which have been designed with durability in mind – as it is made from polyethylene plastic and internal steel framework.  Its performance is unlike no other, and has been tested to exceed the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 350 TL-2 at 45 miles per hour (mph) criteria.

Key Design Features:

  • Sections are capable of absorbing harsh impacts from collisions without penetrating into pedestrian or roadway work crew areas.
  • Deployment is relatively fast and easy due to its lightweight design.  In as little as an hour three workers can deploy up to 650 feet of product.  No cranes required.
  • Its modular design allows workers to deploy it in varied lengths; regardless of whether the area the product is being applied is straight or curved.
  • The Triton Barrier® is certified as its own end treatment, which means it will save you time deploying it and expense from unnecessarily needing hardware.
  • It is built on steel tension cable and can connect from barrier to barrier in order to create a single continuous barrier.
  • If you would like to attach it to a roadway guardrail or concrete barrier, transition hardware is also available for purchase or to rent.
  • It is a cost-effective alternative for portable concrete barriers
  • The Triton Barrier® can easily be upgraded to meet NCHRP 350 TL-3 criteria.  No external rails are required for certification.