We use signs for marking roads, for directions, for safety in the home and at work. They are so common that we sometimes don’t even bother reading them.
However, these signs save lives every day and the only way we’ll notice their contribution is if they are taken down. Imagine going through a school zone driving at a speed of 120mph.
What dire consequences would this scenario have in real life? It’s even hard to imagine the devastation this could cause, and all because there was no safety sign to inform you about the area.
Safety signs facilitate us throughout the day, and we don’t even notice them enough. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research indicates that drivers were observed to react more quickly to road signs which had symbols on them. Similarly, warning signs everywhere are changing people’s perception and making the world a safer place for us all.
Types of Safety Signs
Red: For the most dangerous situation and must not be ignored at all costs. Exit and Fire Escape signs are included in this category.
Yellow: This is a precautionary sign, and you must be careful in following the instructions.
Blue: These are necessary instructions and must be followed at all times. Such as wearing goggles in a factory.
Green: These are mostly for emergency escape or first aid, but they do not imply danger. They are mostly used at entrances, exits and escape routes.
Here are some of the different kinds of safety signs that have helped save lives.
Peanut allergy signs in school food courts and canteens have saved the lives of many people who suffer from the allergies.
Mostly, children don’t pay attention to this serious issue, and hence, schools can ensure that safety signs are used or that the school has a peanut-free section in the food court or canteen.
On-site workers are at the greatest risk of injury and even death. During construction work, signs are put up to warn passers-by and the workers. About 144 workers were killed in the UK alone just because of wrongly placed signs.
Factories and processing facilities use safety signs which have played a crucial role in decreasing the number of on-job accidents.
Fire safety signs are helpful in case a fire breaks out in a building.
Fire safety signs and graphic symbols have been a vital factor in saving hundreds of people during such accidents.
Here are some of the benefits of putting up and reading signs in everyday life.
Different types of safety signs are used to indicate different kinds of dangers. With the ability to distinguish between these risks, you can save yourself from getting hurt. Some people neglect signs and face severe injuries or even death.
Signs at the workplace are meant to be followed because if you fail to do so, you can get into legal trouble.
Traffic signs tell you about the area and what kind of speed to expect in a particular area.
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