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”.