Whether you’re a small business preparing to deal with seasonal crowds or in charge of holding a large event, crowd control measures have to be put in place.
One of the simplest ways to manage crowds is through the use of crowd control barricades. These take the form of steel, plastic, or rope barricades that keep crowds focused to certain areas. Choosing and setting up these types of barricades is a relatively painless process, and we’re here to make it even easier.
There are a few different types of barricade options you can choose from, and they all have their pros and cons. Tape Posts are easy to set up, adjust, and use, making them an economical option. Tape posts allow for easy belt extension, making it a very customizable crowd control solution. Ropes & Chains come with a better design aesthetic, and rope in particular is very durable. The issue with both of these options is that crowds can duck under or step over these barricades. If you’re trying to protect crowds from bigger hazards such as traffic, a steel barrier may serve you better, but keep in mind they’re expensive and difficult to transport.
You’ll want to be sure to set up your crowd control barriers long before your crowds begin to form. It is much harder to organize crowds into an orderly line after they’ve started to arrive than to do it beforehand. If you’re setting up crowd control for a business you may even be able to leave it out continuously.
When setting up your barricades you want to be sure there are clear entrance and exit points. You may choose to do this with signage or staff posted along the barricade. Ideally, you’d do both. People waiting in line are likely to become irritable and anxious. Having staff to monitor the line means there are people available to answer questions and step in if need be.
For safety reasons, we also recommend setting up your crowd control posts in a configuration that eliminates the dangers of crowd crush. By setting up crowd control barriers in the shape of an S or multiple rows, you limit the possibility of injury. By doing this, you can prevent people in the back of line from pushing forwards.
These simple steps will help to keep your crowds organized and safe.