How To Store Crowd Control Barriers Safely And Securely

January 20th, 2016 by arrowadmin

If you run a company where you have to use crowd control barriers on a regular basis, it’s important to ensure that you come up with a strategy on how to store them properly when not in use. There are many reasons why this can’t be taken for granted. For one, improper storage can have an impact on the longevity of the barriers. When stored in the wrong conditions, they are likely to become damaged, which will reduce their lifespan and usefulness in many settings.

If you happen to have acquired the products through a crowd control barrier hire, how you store them will also affect how much you are likely to pay for the hire. Most firms will charge you more if it turns out that some of the barriers get damaged while under your care. Storing them properly is therefore one way to make the hire cheaper. Some of the tips you can use for storage include:

Reduce exposure to moisture

If you are going to store the barriers, it would be wise to reduce how much moisture they are exposed to. This is particularly important if they are made out of a material that can easily rust. Always inspect the room or storage unit in which you are going to store them in advance, and then repair any damage that might lead to moisture leaking into the area. This is particularly so if you are going to store them for an extended period of time.

Pre-storage preparation

When planning on storing the barriers, you should also consider preparing them for this. Some of the measures you can take include greasing the hinges to reduce rusting which will lock them up while in storage. You also need to clean them up as well. The presence of too much debris on the barriers will result in chemical reactions that will damage them through chemical action. Lastly, make sure that the barriers are dry before putting them in storage as well.

Don’t place too much weight on them

In order to save space, you may want to stack the barriers on top of each other, or stack other items on them. Remember that placing too much weight on them could result in physical damage, so this should not be attempted. One way to maximize on the usage of space is to create a number of shelves in the storage area. This way, they can be stored vertically without stacking too many on top of each other. If you have to rent a self-storage unit in order to do this, you could specifically look out for one that has this feature available, so that you won’t need to make any changes to it.

Inspect them on a regular basis

If you are going to store the barriers for a very long time, you should plan to inspect and clean them every few months. With time, debris such as dust and insects might settle on the barriers, and this could slowly damage them over time. When you take them out after this, you may find that they have undergone rusting or other chemical reactions that make it difficult to put them together. It may also result in weakness of the structure of the barriers. Taking the time to inspect them every so often will prevent this.

With the above tips, you should be in a position to store the barriers without the risk of damaging them or wasting money. The barrier manufacturer may have additional tips depending on the design of the barriers as well as the material they are made out of.

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