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Barricade Tape

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Along with spill kits, barricade tape can help contain emergency situations, providing people in the immediate area with warnings about the dangers nearby. For construction applications, barricade tape can warn people of dangers overhead, or of unfinished electrical work and high voltage hazards. Even for more benign uses, such as a wet wall or piece of equipment, tape can provide cautionary information.

Using barricade rope or tape along the perimeter of a spill can effectively mark off the dangerous area. Tape is commonly available in a legible three-inch width, though some manufacturers also produce wider, high-visibility six-inch tape. Barricade tape is often made of a durable material such as polyethylene, which is a lightweight, reusable plastic.

There are also thick, tear-resistant seven-millimeter thick tapes available. Traditional tape is only four millimeters thick, but reinforced tape is thicker, and meant to be used for long-term barricades and perimeter markings. Reinforced tape doesn't sag as easily as regular tape, even when stretched over long distances.

Other Types of Barricade Tape

Also available are biodegradable tapes that break down into biodegradable powder over a two to five year span. Replulpable tapes, for indoor use, are non-contaminating and made from biodegradable heavy paper. There is also many colors and patterns of flagging tape available, as well as pennants, flags, and polypropylene barricade ropes.


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