Ice Alert - Temperature Sensitive Reflectors
IceAlert® temperature sensitive reflectors report the temperature by changing color from white (above 36F) graduating to blue at freezing alerting employees, customers and visitors of possible icy conditions and hazardous walking conditions.
Get a grip on winter. Reduce the risk involved with costly slip & fall accidents on your property by installing an inexpensive and effective IceAlert® System.
Protect yourself, visitors, customers and employees from ice-related slip & fall accidents and injuries by installing an IceAlert® System this year at your exit doors,on your walkways, and in your parking areas.
What makes the IceAlert® System unique is that it provides an alert by changing colors from white to blue only when the potential for ice actually exists. IceAlert® allows people to “see” the temperature from some distance away. There’s no need to walk up close to a thermometer to learn that the temperature is in a dangerous freezing zone.
The IceAlert® System utilizes the Bluestar technology now in use on roadways. Safety engineers have suggested a wide range of applications that would benefit from installation of IceAlert® pedestrian systems, including hospitals, nursing homes, manufacturing plants, retail locations, retirement and assisted living centers, airports and train stations, power plants, office and municipal buildings and more. Specific areas of interest include parking lots, stairs and wheelchair ramps, elevated walkways, loading docks, sidewalks, and pedestrian bridges.
Each year thousands of people, unaware of dangerous conditions, slip and fall on ice. IceAlert® units placed outside of exit doors and placed appropriately around outdoor parking areas and walkways, will signal when, and only when, freezing or near-freezing conditions exist. This simple outdoor system can prevent many of these slip & fall personal injuries by alerting people that ice may be on the ground and that caution should be used.
Large signs at property entrances explain that “BLUE REFLECTORS INDICATE FREEZING TEMPERATURES”, and each individual IceAlert® unit is mounted on a 7" x 10" backing sign which graphically indicates that “a blue symbol means freezing temperatures”.
IceAlert® units are popular with maintenance personnel because they install quickly and easily and require essentially no maintenance. The units are rugged and self-contained, with no wires, batteries or electronic components. In addition, these indicators provide clear signals to maintenance workers when de-icing or non-slip compounds should be applied to walkway areas. IceAlert® units can reduce accidents and also reduce your use of expensive and messy de-icers.
The cost of an IceAlert® for pedestrian protection is very reasonable, particularly considering the protection provided. Each application is unique and the cost depends upon the number of reflectors and signs required. Please see our product pages for complete pricing information
“Quite simply the most innovative early awareness system on the market today for Health and Safety professionals everywhere.”
Commercial Slip and Fall
Q. How does the IceAlert® system work?
A. IceAlerts® make freezing temperatures visible to pedestrians and drivers, alerting them to possible icy conditions.
Q. How does it do that?
A. IceAlerts® change color from white to blue as the temperature approaches the freezing point.
Q. How will people notice the device?
A. Informational signs, bearing the IceAlert® symbol which states, "BLUE REFLECTORS INDICATE FREEZING TEMPERATURE" are placed at property entrances. In addition, each IceAlert® pedestrian unit is mounted on a 7" x 10" sign which states graphically "BLUE STAR=FREEZING"
Q. Where do I place the IceAlert® devices?
A. Users typically install IceAlert® outside of exit doors so that people leaving a nice warm building are immediately warned that ice may be present. Additional IceAlert® are placed on the property at appropriate locations, on walkways and in parking lots.
Q. Why do people need IceAlert® to tell them when it is cold?
A. People can feel the cold, but it is difficult to tell how cold. IceAlert® gives a very prominent blue when people need the additional information, only where the temperature is near freezing or below.
Q. How does this help my customers or employees?
A. IceAlert® tells people information they need to know. The change in color makes them more aware of weather conditions, allowing them to change the behavior before they have an incident on the ice.
Q. How does The Bluestar System™ work?
A. The Bluestar System™ make freezing temperatures visible to motorists, ahead of the vehicle.
Q. How does it do that?
A. IceAlert® temperature sensitive reflectors are mounted on standard guide posts and change color from white to blue as the temperature approaches the freezing point.
Q. How will drivers notice this system?
A. The BlueStar System™ symbol is in motorists "cone of vision" (see next FAQ)
Q. What is the "cone of vision"?
A. Imagine the roadway stretching out in front of your vehicle. The area you see is called your cone of vision. It includes pavement markings, guideposts, and signage that help you guide your vehicle. Any change in appearance of these markings is both apparent and noticeable.
Q. How does it change drivers' behavior?
A. By giving them real time temperature information that can reflect temperature changes. Compare this to a sign that states, "watch for ice" that is there year around.
Q. What do you mean "real time"?
A. The Bluestar SystemTM indicates a potential hazard only when the condition actually exists.
Q. How does it do that?
A. IceAlert® reflectors work as standard white reflective delineators until the temperature approaches the freezing point. Then they turn progressively blue between 36° and 32° F. They are site specific and continuous.
Q. What does site specific and continuous mean?
A. The temperature is reported at each post and is specific to that post. The message is repeated and reinforced by succeeding devices in the series. This information enables the motorist to make better driving decisions.
Q. Will the motorists understand this system?
A. Yes, motorists find The Bluestar SystemTM easy to understand because an explanatory sign precedes it. In addition, we have found that when the reflectors appear along roadways, local media are eager to educate the motoring public.
Q. How difficult is it to install and maintain?
A. The Bluestar SystemTM requires no electricity, pavement cuts, or special posts. It mounts on standard guideposts with hand tools and needs no maintenance beyond occasional cleaning.
Q. How long will the reflectors last?
A. IceAlert® reflectors are very strong and reliable. Made of sealed injection-molded polycarbonate, they are able to withstand repeated and severe shocks to their face. They will provide years of information to your drivers.
Q. Where are Bluestar roadway systems in use?
A. Here are a few examples of Bluestar roadway system users:
City of Kent, Washington
Seattle International Airport
Calhoun County, Michigan
Paulding County, Ohio
San Juan County Public Works, Washingon
New Brunswick DOT, Canada
City of Staunton, Virginia
City of Wheaton, Illinois
Dodge County, Minnesota