We’ve all seen those neon yellow bumpy plates installed into concrete near crosswalks and ramps. But just what are those used for? The yellow plates are detectable warning systems, while the bumps themselves are known as truncated domes. Detectable warning systems are designed to help businesses and other public domains comply to the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. These standards state that all people, including those who are disabled, must be able to gain access to any public building safely. Part of this accessibility entails traveling from roadways to walkways in order to get to the destination.
A detectable warning system is the best way to keep pedestrians safe from harm, but for those living with a disability, a detectible or tactile warning system can be especially helpful. Even with equipment to help them get around, people with disabilities may still have trouble traveling by sidewalk, due to the unpredictable curves, twists, and bumps in the ground. Detectable warning systems, like truncated domes, allow for even the non-sighted to know when a dangerous area such as a roadway is imminent.
Detectable warning systems have to meet a few regulations in order to be approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Detectable warnings must be an eye-catching color that stands out from surrounding areas in order to grab the attention of pedestrians.
- Detectable warning systems must have truncated domes that will be easy to differentiate from flatter, smoother ground such as pavement.
- Changes in pavement, such as pedestrian crossings, curbs, and ramps must be installed with tactile warning systems to alert pedestrians of the change in topography.
Those with disabilities can travel more safely knowing that they will be able either see or feel the detectable warning system, alerting them of hazardous conditions.
If you are in need of tactile warning systems to meet ADA requirements for your business, please visit us at ADA Solutions Inc. Choose ADA Solutions Inc. for all of your detectable warning systems needs and you can be sure that your tactile warning systems will be the best product choice for your needs. We provide a range of ADA compliant items including ADA warning strips and radius system designs. Our detectable warning systems use truncated domes and have been tested time and again for quality and functionality. Contact us to find out more information or to speak with one of our local representatives. Call us at (888) 485 -5726.