Use Proper “Hazard” Colors

“Raspberry,” “crimson” or “rose” don’t invoke the same degree of hazard as “stop sign red.”

Color recognition is equally as important as the warning itself. People have become accustomed to seeing a certain brightness of color when quickly scanning for warning or danger signs. Therefore, when creating your decal requirements, make sure to specify a sufficiently vivid color. Using a PMS color or providing a swatch would help ensure you get a color that quickly catches attention.


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Using a sufficiently bright color is the best way to ensure your safety signage is identified and assessed as quickly as possible.



Safety colors have been chosen for their ‘stopping power’ and brightness retention.

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