Safety Flags

Last updated: January 27, 2015

What Does Safety Flags Mean?

Safety flags serve as a warning to the public and employees. When attached to an item, that items visibility is greatly enhanced. They can be used for both commercial and personal warning systems. They are generally made out of high visibility materials and work alongside equipment like barricade tape, fluorescent banners and roadwork signs.

Safeopedia Explains Safety Flags

Internationally, safety flags are used on beaches to designate where a safe zone is to swim. These flags are easily recognizable as red and yellow (generally stripes). Safety flags are also commonly used in both domestic and international airports. These are used by on the ground traffic controllers to let pilots know when it is safe to take off. In construction work, both commercially and residentially, it is required that safety flags be tied to the end of an overhanging load to highlight to others where the load finishes, thus preventing collision and injury.


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