Barriers That Help With Crowd Control

Crowd control barriers are frequently seen in most public events.  As the name suggests, these barriers are used to keep people out of certain areas. It can be used to indicate vicinities that are off limits.

A French photographer, Felix Nadir, is said to be credited for inventing the crowd control barriers. He utilized mobile barriers for his project during his visit to Brussels. It is for this reason that crowd control barriers still go by the name Nadar barriers in Belgium or known more generally as French barriers.  They are designed very much like bike racks.  

Barriers are made to keep people out. There are different kinds of barrier but the most commonly used ones are made out of heavier materials or steel.  They are hot dip galvanized after fabrication to ensure quality and strength. This guarantees that they are weatherproof and can be stored outside without fear of rusting. Height and length are also vital characteristics of these barriers. The standard height of a barrier is 43 inches. They can be made into 1-meter, 2-meter, and 2.5-meters in length. These are more stable when pushing, which is a familiar sight during public events, is involved. They are made even more formidable by the hooks that are attached on its side. Single barriers are easy for the crowd to pass. Hooked barriers enable the barriers to interlock with one another. Once hooked, they are transformed into an impassable arena which is more stable. Thus, making it easier to control and safeguard areas. 

A common and not so advanced version for crowd control barriers are wooden sawhorses. These are typically 14 feet long. Today, these wooden sawhorses now act as symbols of limited access rather than actual barricades. After all, it is easy to lift them or to simply scoot under them.

Another familiar barrier is called Mojo barrier. These were specifically designed as temporary fencing for events in which stages are involved. They effectively keep the crowd away from the stage. This is named after the Dutch event organizer, Mojo Concerts. Because they were made to be installed temporarily, they are as easy to assemble as they are to take down. They are also designed to prevent suffocation and to allow security to be able to pick out audience members during an emergency.

There are a variety of barriers available for use depending on the venue and crowd size. Make sure that the type and amount of barriers used will be compatible to your event.

More information about crowd control barriers

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