Monday, March 31, 2014

Crowd Control for Child-Friendly Environments

Crowd Control for Child-Friendly Environments

Tips to keep your smallest guests safe (and crowd control equipment in tact) at amusement parks, zoos, trampoline facilities, children's museums, aquariums, and more.

Child-Friendly Crowd Control Systems

Select Standard Retracta-Belt Posts or Value Series in place of low cost / economy stanchions

PRIME stanchions and accessories are intended for lighter traffic, low-abuse environments such as bank queue lines. We strongly recommend using standard Retracta-Belt series stanchions for child-friendly environments, since they are built to withstand the wear-and-tear in airports and stadiums.

For an economically priced stanchion that will hold up in child-friendly areas, the Value Series is the ideal option. These posts are made of the same construction and quality as our standard Retracta-Belt series, but package pricing and reduced options keep the price down.

Extra-Heavy Baseweights provide more stability, preventing children from pulling posts down

Nearly all Retracta-Belt stanchions are available with an Extra-Heavy 30 lbs. Baseweight for added stability and are much more difficult to pull over. For easy transport with these heavy bases, we also recommend adding wheels to the base. The wheels engage only when the post is titled backwards and pushed, and will not cause the post to move while flat on the ground.

Consider Fixed or Semi-Permanent Retracta-Belt Stanchions instead of portable bases

We have four permanent or semi-permanent mounting options for our stanchions. These prevent the posts from being shifted throughout the day from children pushing or leaning on the posts. The Mini Socket Mount is especially useful for child-friendly environments because it is spring-loaded, so posts lean about 10 degrees to absorb impact.

Dual-Line Retracta-Belt Stanchions offer additional security in queue lines for small children

The standard height of a Single Line Retracta-Belt is 40" and small children can easily walk under the belts while in a queue line. Dual Line Retracta-Belt Stanchions feature a second belt at 20" above the ground, providing an extra layer of security.

Consider Post-N-Beam Systems in place of Retracta-Belt Queue Systems

Post-N-Beam Systems eliminate the need for a belt in the post, and instead provide a structural barrier in its place. While children can pull on the belts and cause damage or wear-and-tear, beams are heavy-gauge aluminum and are less tempting to play with. Beams have safe radius edges and seamlessly integrate with Retracta-Belt Stanchions and receiver posts.

Consider Post-N-Panel Systems in place of Retracta-Belt Queue Systems

Post-N-Panel Systems provide a solid structural barrier in place of belts. They can act as a temporary wall and restrict access entirely, providing much more security than belts in areas that are potentially hazardous to children.

Panels seamlessly integrate with Retracta-Belt Stanchions and receiver posts. They also serve as a custom signage display for graphics such as games and cartoons, keeping children preoccupied while on line and therefore less likely to resort to playing with equipment.

Metal Post Caps

Children can play with the plastic post caps and twist them, breaking the connection where the screws connect to the post. This results in the spring case breaking or other damage. Metal post caps prevent this tampering.

Use Sign Stands instead of post-mount signage

Freestanding Sign Stands are more difficult for children to tamper with than signs and sign frames mounted onto posts.

Use Removable Designer Series Sign Frame Brackets instead of Threaded Post Mount Signage

Our Removable Designer Series Sign Frame Brackets slide in and out of the sign post top and are less prone to damage than threaded post-mount sign frames if constantly swiveled and played with.


Inspect all products weekly

The sooner you detect a problem, the better. Sometimes an inexpensive solution or replacement part can significantly increase the life of the post.

Retract the belts into the post when they are not in use

If the belt is not needed, retract it so it stays inside the post. Children won't be tempted to play with the belt, and will reduce creasing.

Always utilize the lock on belts and beams

All belts include a red slide action manual locking belt clip. Beams are available with an optional Locking EZ Off End Blocks. We recommend always locking belts and beams into place to prevent accidental release.

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