What is the history of the safety cone?

It all started back in the early 1940’s when a L.A. County street worker who did a lot of street painting, crosswalks and red light crossing painting, got the idea of making things easier when placing traffic barriers at the site when he was painting.

He and a friend who owned a tire shop, together with this idea, made a sort of round, square type “cone”, out of used tire strips.This simple device sort of worked, they were easier to use than the old wooden barriers, but still needed improvement.

They worked on this idea and came up with ” The Safety Marker ” which was patented by Charles Scavlen. The cone shaped road marker was a hollow conical tube with a base allowing it to stand upright in heavy wind or impact. This ” Safety Marker ” was a cone shaped cylinder with a heavy base and designed to make it easy to store when not in use, one Safety Marker would slide over the other, this was also a very easy to transport to any work site.

A patent dispute [many companies wanted to make ” The Safety Marker”] was resolved with Federal Regulations in the 1950’s. The Safety Marker has evolved into the Traffic Cone we use today.

The Traffic safety cone today is generally made of a rubberized and thermoplastic material which is somewhat pliable allowing movement upon impact, this is a Federal requirement when Traffic safety cones are used on Interstate roadways.

All Traffic safety cones used on Interstate roadways generally require a reflective area or stripe around the cone, each cone has to meet the Federal standard of 28″ high, when used on Interstate roadway projects.

There are millions of Traffic safety cones in use today, you will find them in parking lots, streets, school hallways, shopping malls, airports, backyards and almost everywhere there are people and traffic you will see a safety cone.

Generally the Federal regulations require a bright orange cone with a reflective stripe, but a safety green cone is also used for non highway use.

The ” SAFETY CONE ” has become the standard when anyone is working exposed to traffic flow or other high traveled ares. This safety cone has saved countless numbers of lives since the invention of this orange “Safety Marker”.

What is a traffic cone ?

Traffic cones are also known as: road cones—safety cones—construction cones—highway cones as well as traffic cones.

Traffic cones are generally a fluorescent safety orange in color, the Traffic cone may have a reflective striping [ this reflective tape is called flash tape ] around the safety orange cone, this increases visibility for night drivers.

Traffic cones are designed commonly with very bright orange color for better vision, when construction or any repair crews need to work on or near any roadway and need traffic flow to change from the normal flow they will use traffic safety cones.

Traffic cones are made sometimes of a thermoplastic, others are made from rubber, other cones are made from recycled plastic bottles, many types and shapes of cones are made generally the most common this the cone shape.

The traffic cone most commonly used is the cone shaped cone, they are made for easy moving, easy to stack, easy to remove from work sites, easy for handling and easy for storage.

Traffic cones are generally made in different sizes from 12″ high to 40″ inches high or higher, some safety cones are made with a bright ” Lime Green ” color while other cones are made in colors such as bright red—bright yellow—bright orange and other bright colors.

Generally traffic cones used on Interstate Highway construction projects have to comply with the Federal Highway Administration Uniform Traffic Code with the sizes, color and placement of the cones on these projects.

There are many types of traffic cones some with flashing lights mounted on the cones, other safety cones have reflective tape, other types have a safety plastic chain or belt like ribbon connecting the cones. Some safety cones have a plastic bar or like pipe connecting the cones, cones also have signs that attach to them, some cones look like a pipe standing up, they have a opening at the top allowing a caution tape to be connected from one cone to another, these cones are used to seal or mark off an unsafe or dangerous  area.

The first traffic safety cone was invented around 1940 in California, a street painter had an idea, got a patent on it and the rest is history.

Today traffic safety cones are used generally for traffic control when work crews are working on or repairing anything near a highway or roadway.

There are many types of traffic safety control devises, many manufactured products can be used for traffic safety, check with your local supply center or rental company for other options.


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