School signs exist for a variety of reasons, some of them being due to legislative mandates but others because it’s just common sense. It’s important to remember that safety is an ever-evolving field where new protocols against current dangers or updated standards are needed to fit the times.
This is even more important for institutions like schools where our next generation of society spends a considerable amount of time. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your school sign placements are up-to-date to meet the needs in 2022 and beyond.
Thanks to Covid-19 and the effects it’s had on the global population, changes needed to be made. Adapting these changes is intended to make sure that the students, staff, and visitors are kept safe.
Generally speaking, there aren’t too many changes in the kinds of school zone signs that need to be put up. There is still the signage that provide directions, indicate locations, offer information about the school, or give warnings where necessary.
With that said, signs do tend to degrade, especially when they are purchased in large quantities but at low qualities. At CA Concepts & Signs, we make it a point to ensure that our school safety signs will last a very long time. After all, school budgets can be quite constrained, so any purchase needs to provide maximum benefits for what they cost.
On that note, it’s worth looking into the reasons why it’s important for schools to update their safety signs or why it might be prudent to do so. To that end, you can refer to the following.
As already mentioned, safety signs in and out of the school are not meant to last forever. The lower the quality and the harsher the environment, the faster the signs degrade. If you have school signs that can barely be read even from up close, there’s no point in keeping them.
You have to replace them for the safety of the students of the school. Thanks to the events that occurred in 2019 that still lingered until this year, there has been an interruption in how schools and education operate.
Faded signs can lead to unclear instructions, which new students who are less familiar with how schools work might have trouble with. New, visible, and understandable signs will simply keep the danger away.
If the recent pandemic was any indication, it’s that there are new threats that come up all the time. In rare but still very real cases, these threats are enough to cause global changes in how regulations are implemented. Among schools, school zone signs that are specifically about the pandemic have pretty much become standard features.
This is not the first time that this has happened and it will likely not be the last. Adapting to them will ensure that children will be kept safe and happy.
New Standards and Regulations
There have been numerous updates to safety regulations governing schools and other institutions over the decades. Many of these have to do with school signs and the standards that they are supposed to follow.
Sticking to these regulations is important, not only to keep students safe but to also avoid legal problems. The details regarding any updated standards and protocols are made available to schools, as well, so there’s really no excuse not to follow them.
Unfortunately, vandalism is a very real thing and school signs can be among the most common targets for the destruction of property. A damaged school sign needs to be replaced as soon as possible, regardless of what state they are in.
Any obstruction to the clarity of the message that they are supposed to convey can pose a danger to the students. Accidents happen when critical information isn’t delivered, especially where children are concerned.
Keeping Things Fresh
For those who have never heard of it, the phrase “Sign Fatigue” refers to the eventual degradation of a sign’s effectiveness when people are exposed to it for a long time. At some point, the sign doesn’t even register anymore, which can have dangerous consequences.
By its very nature, a sign is supposed to be noticed. That’s why it’s worth updating safety signs in and out of the school so that they look newer and would catch the attention of students and visitors more easily.
Upgrading Temporary Signs
To say that a sign should be permanent would be misleading. It has already been pointed out that they eventually fade or get damaged. However, some signs are longer lasting than others and those are the ones that are worth keeping.
Temporary school zone signs do have their place. Whether it’s because of short notice or because the relevant events themselves are only temporary, such signages aren’t all that rare. However, if the reason for the temporary nature of the signs evolves to necessitate permanence, the signs should be changed accordingly.
Bonus Branding Avenue
Last but not least, school signs can be customised to meet the needs of the school. One such possible need is to label the school safety signs as belonging to the school, which can act as another marker for students and visitors to consider.
Branding also makes it as clear as possible that the sign belongs to the school. Any damage done to the sign would result in serious repercussions.
For all your school’s safety sign needs, contact us at CA Concepts & Signs, the top custom safety sign creation service provider in Perth and Western Australia.