One of the most important elements to consider for traffic bollard protection is fire safety. Traffic posts should allow easy entry for fire emergency vehicles, and they should also keep fire hydrants safe from vehicle damage. There are several types of locations where fire hydrants are installed, which will determine which types of traffic post configurations property owners should install around them.
Fire Hydrants on Sidewalks
Because sidewalks are normally too narrow for vehicles to drive on them, property owners shouldn't need to surround the fire hydrant with a secure bollard perimeter. Property managers can typically install two bollards in front of the hydrant on the street side in order to prevent vehicles from crashing into it. Spacing will vary depending on the location and bollard type. Traffic posts used to protect fire hydrants on pedestrian sidewalks can also serve to protect pedestrians from accidents, particularly with the use of heavy-duty fixed steel bollard posts
. A properly spaced line of traffic posts can keep property, pedestrians, fire hydrants and other assets such as utility boxes safe from vehicle damage at all times.
Locations Where Fire Hydrants Require Perimeter Protection
While a fire hydrant installed on a narrow sidewalk might only require the protection from two traffic posts, areas where a fire hydrant is out in the open will often require full perimeter protection. Oftentimes fire hydrants are installed in open areas such as parking lots and airport tarmacs
, leaving them more vulnerable to vehicular accidents. With fixed heavy-duty traffic posts installed around the fire hydrant, they will remain safe from vehicle damage while also allowing fire emergency personnel to access them without any issues. Fire hydrants are important to maintain at any location, and property managers should do what they can to ensure they don't experience damage of any kind. Heavy-duty traffic posts can help prevent potential damage in the event of low-speed and high-speed accidents that can occur, particularly during emergency situations. Properly spaced posts also won't hinder firefighters' abilities to access the hydrant at any time.
Keep All Assets Safe with Traffic Posts
In addition to fire hydrants, facility properties often contain many other types of assets that require sufficient protection from vehicle damage, including power supplies, equipment storage areas, utility poles, telecommunications towers and more. With the right configuration of fixed, removable and collapsible traffic posts, these assets and others won't be at risk of severe damage caused by vehicle accidents.