The Americans with Disabilities Act has helped prevent many accidents by requiring tactile warning systems be installed in dangerous locations. These detectable warning products can be easily installed into sidewalk concrete or the edge of train platforms. The ADA warning strips use a few important elements to grab people’s attention and save lives:
- Bright Colors: In the past, tactile warning systems were made of metal which would blend into the surrounding sidewalk or platform. This was quickly discovered to be a poor choice as visually impaired people would miss the detectable warning. Changing the detectable warning systems to bright colors has allowed builders to more clearly warn pedestrians.
- Texture : A crucial part of the tactile warning system is that it has a distinct texture change from the surrounding area. Using truncated domes, the only texture approved by the ADA for tactile warning systems, allows the space to be easily identifiable to a blind or visually impaired pedestrian.
Besides protecting the blind and visually impaired, detectable warning systems have been shown to protect those who might be distracted. The bright color change and feel of the truncated domes underfoot can keep distracted pedestrians from walking into traffic.
ADA Solutions Inc. provides a range of tactile warning systems for use on sidewalks, ramps, platforms, and any other area that might be dangerous for a distracted or disabled pedestrian. We serve builders and designers nationwide and can help you meet all ADA requirements. Contact usif you have any questions or if you would like more information on our detectable warning products.