Historic Toronto Street Signs for Sale

Toronto street signs

According to City News Toronto, the city is selling pieces of its history to the highest bidder. That’s not as dramatic as it seems as the items being sold are street signs too degraded to be read. The act is in keeping with Toronto’s 2007 policy of harmonizing street name designs. Over 1,700 signs are up for auction, with the proceeds going to Toronto’s traffic sign revenue account.

The city replaces over 1,800 street name signs every year, and the new signs cost the city government a considerable amount! The figure can rise over time as 200 to 300 new signs are expected to be added each year.

Prevent your facility’s own traffic signs from following the fate of Toronto’s street signs. Follow these two simple tips:

1. Set a schedule for traffic, parking and street sign inspection.

Many businesses make the mistake of replacing signs only when they’re too degraded to use. This poses problems! Illegible signs in heavily trafficked areas make drivers more vulnerable to traffic accidents.

Thus, it’s important to regularly inspect all signs you are responsible for and quickly repair or replace damaged or undecipherable parking signs. Set a schedule based on the recommendations of your hazard assessment officer or the expected lifetime of your signs.

2. Choose traffic signs with durable protection.

Just as an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, choosing high-quality traffic signs such as stop signs can save costs in the long run. Go for signs with protection such as Seton’s UltraTuff overlaminate, which resists grime, dirt, chemicals, and inclement weather. They’re also easy to clean and require little maintenance, with long years of guaranteed service.

Follow these quick and easy tips to save you a great amount of hassle and cost. Think ahead, and don’t skimp when it comes to ensuring your employees’ safety!


Selecting Traffic Sign Materials

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are one of the most essential tools to prevent chaos on the highways and streets of every town and city on the planet. From makeshift wooden boards to professionally designed and manufactured LED-illuminated traffic signs, they help travelers arrive at their destination.

Standards for Canadian traffic signs specifying materials, wording, installation, etc. can be found in the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device) which closely follows the MUTCD for the United States. Since the two countries have fairly similar driving situations, it makes sense to have uniformity of traffic signs. In Canada, provinces and territories may also have their own manuals based on the MUTCD standards such as the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings from the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

The effectiveness of traffic signs depends on a number of elements. The most important, of course, is the legibility of each sign followed by durability. The material the sign is made of will effect both of those.    There are a variety of road sign materials that are available and each one has its own benefits and disadvantages.

Traffic Sign Materials:

Aluminum – Traffic safety signs made of aluminum are able to withstand the outdoor conditions of the road. Aside from the fact that aluminum is more durable than plastic, it’s also rust and corrosion-proof. Because of its lightweight characteristics, aluminum road signs are easy to install. One drawback of using aluminum, though, is that it’s prone to dents and scratches. It’s also more expensive than plastic.

Steel – In terms of durability, nothing compares to heavy-duty galvanized steel signs. With its 18-gauge steel sheet that’s .05 inches thick, signs could last decades without needing replacements. Steel doesn’t easily bend or dent making it virtually maintenance-free. However, galvanized steel signs are fairly heavy which means they need heavy-duty hardware for installation.

Polyethylene – High-density plastic is the least expensive material used in signage. Typical signs are .125 inches thick which is strong enough to withstand indoor as well as regular outdoor conditions. Because polyethylene signs are easy to install and to customize, these signs are ideal for parking lots where companies can include their logos and employee names to reserve parking spaces. And while its most obvious weakness is that it easily buckles and collapses upon impact, plastic signs can actually reduce injuries to people and vehicles because of this very reason.

The material’s reflectivity is another aspect of traffic and parking signs that should be considered. Drivers and pedestrians need to be able to read the signs even under low-light and nighttime conditions to prevent accidents and collisions.

Traffic Sign Reflectivity:

Non-Reflective – Modern road signs usually need reflective materials or illumination during the night to guide drivers and motorists. Non-reflective signs are recommended only for well-lit areas and signs that are not vital at night. Parking signs and other facility signs can be made with non-reflective materials. For official traffic signs, however, the standard is still retro-reflective or illuminated signs.

Engineer-Grade Reflective – Materials that are classified Engineer-Grade reflective are visible for up to 500 feet. The material’s reflectivity has a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. It’s recommended to use engineer-grade reflectivity on non-critical signage only such as parking lot signs and way-finding signs.

High-Intensity Reflective – Most traffic signs are made with high-intensity reflectivity. The material is visible up to 1,000 feet which makes it ideal for highways, roadways, and essential street signs.


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Make Your Facility Handicap-Accessible

Handicap Parking Signs

People with a disability or handicap face a lot of challenges in their everyday life. Barriers from access limit their full participation in society. Business and facility owners should take a proactive step toward accommodation of persons with disabilities.

The rights of disabled and handicap persons are guaranteed by the law. The Canadian Human Rights Act includes physical and mental disability among the prohibited grounds of discrimination. Meanwhile, the Employment Equity Act aims to achieve equality in the workplace regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or ability.

Cities and provinces around the country have also created their own policies to support these existing laws. Ontario, Mississauga, and Brampton all have their own Accessible Parking rules. The province of New Brunswick developed an Employment Action Plan to increase the employment of persons with disability.

So how can you, as an employer, answer this call? A good start to empowering people with disability is providing them proper access.

Parking Lots, Hallways, and Exits

It is easy to make your facility handicap-accessible. Start with your parking lot by displaying the appropriate handicap signs. Handicap parking signs clearly identify the reserved parking spots for the disabled. These signs should feature the international symbol of access, or the wheelchair symbol.

Check the policy in your city or province to find out the size, material, and reflectivity requirements for these parking signs. You can also opt for bilingual handicap parking signs if your facility is located in French-speaking areas. Ensure that these signs are visible to people in wheelchairs. Make parking spaces more accessible by placing them near building entrances and ramps.

From your parking lot, you can then check if the rest of your facility is handicap-friendly – the hallways, break rooms, cafeterias, and the restrooms. Check their size and watch out for physical barriers that can hamper employees’ access and in turn affect their productivity.

As part of your safety program, you should establish an efficient evacuation plan that includes properly-marked exit routes accessible to both employees on foot and on wheelchairs. Building ramps instead of stairs in exit routes can also be a better alternative as these allow for a swifter exit and minimize possible injuries.

Raising Morale

But more than access to your facility, it is also vital to create a harmonious environment among your employees. Persons of disability should be regarded based on their merits and ability to perform tasks regardless of their handicap. Encouraging an open and inclusive working environment will raise their morale and engage them more toward doing better in their jobs.