Plastic Safety Chains | Stanchion Posts Guide
Plastic safety chains and stanchion posts are a crowd control solution that provides a few unique advantages. For one, they are extremely lightweight and easily portable, meaning an area can be set-up, broken down and reconfigured with ease. They’re also very economical and affordable, and their UV stabilized plastic construction means they’re weather resistant and can be used in constant outdoor settings.
But just like with other stanchion options, there are variations that are made to fit certain situations and applications, and each has specific benefits. Let’s take a look at the different types available.
These stanchions typically consist of a rounded base, a post, an acorn style top, and c-hooks that allow you to attach plastic chain to create a barrier. They’re a great choice for parking lots, valet stands, and other situations where they might need to be quickly moved around to accommodate a changing set-up, or where something needs to be set-up and broken down quickly. Their portable nature is beneficial for this, but also means they’re less stable than most other posts and stanchion types.
They’re also available in highly visible colors, so they can be easily seen. Beyond that, reflective striping and lights can be added, as well as customized or pre-printed text to make them even more visible and clear. Despite their poor stability, they can serve as a very effective visual warning system for areas that need to remain off limits.
Long span stanchions (also known as water stanchions) are similar to standard plastic posts from the base up, but that small difference is a big deal. Long span posts have a hollow, fully enclosed base that is meant to be filled with a substance to add some extra stability. You can fill them with gravel, sand, or water. In addition to making the posts more stable and difficult to tamper with, it also increases the allowable range between posts. Being so lightweight, plastic stanchions will fall down if too much plastic chain is used between posts. But with the fillable bases, the span can increase to 16 feet (from 8 to 10 feet for an empty stanchion). It also increases the weight to a hefty 16 lbs., which is still light enough to be portable, but won’t fall over with a slight breeze.
Sometimes you need to class up an event or match a specific décor, but you may not have the time or money needed to facilitate metal posts. For such instances, simulated chrome posts offer a similar look at a much lower cost and weight, helping you save money and set-up time. Available in silver chrome and gold, these plastic posts have built-in c-hooks and can be used in conjunction with metallic coated plastic chain or velour ropes to create a great looking crowd control set up at a fraction of the cost of metal posts.
An in-ground post is basically a standard plastic post, only with the flat circular base replaced with a big old spike. Rather than being used on flat, paved surfaces, these posts are meant to be used in dirt or earth. The spike is stuck into the ground, securing the post in place. These are useful in golf courses and other grassy areas, gardens, parks, nature trails, backyards, and similar areas.
CHAIN AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
Posts and stanchions by themselves aren’t much good, so you’ll need something to connect them that creates a barrier. With plastic posts, this is usually plastic chain. Plastic chain is available in several different colors and sizes to fit with your plastic posts and suit your particular application. There are also reflective versions and silver and gold tone versions to stand out even more.
Another accessory that can be used with plastic posts is the sign holder. The acorn top can be removed and replaced with a bracket that also features c-hooks. A pre-printed acrylic sign can be placed in this sign bracket for notification or instructional purposes.