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Brighter Security Systems: The Safety Behind Orange Fencing

As you may have guessed by our name, Orange Fence Rentals, we rent out temporary orange fencing for construction sites. Orange fencing is commonly known as the safer option because it’s easier to see, but the science, history, and data behind “safety orange” are not as widespread. In this blog, we will discuss why the colour orange is used for safety, the history of its use, and an example of that safety in action.

The Science of Orange

The colour orange is known for its brightness and high visibility, but this was not just decided on a whim. In 1950, a panel of experts found that fluorescent orange was the most visible colour for most people under the widest variety of conditions. Even under adverse lighting conditions, “safety orange” is easily visible to the human eye. The reason comes down to the science of how molecules absorb energy when exposed to certain wavelengths of light. UV-reactive fluorescence emits light in the presence of UV radiation. This causes a boost in our colour perception, making hues like safety orange appear brighter and bolder to our brains.

Further, the colour orange is rarely seen in nature, except as a warning. Many animals have bright colours, such as orange, as part of their defence mechanism to ward off threats. From a psychological point of view, this means that we already associate the colour as cautionary and will treat it as such when we encounter it in other spaces, such as construction sites.

The History of Safety Orange

While orange has been used in cultures and nature long before 1950, this science is why it became a common practice. In the 1950s, the United States used this research and made “safety orange” the colour standard in technical manuals and federal regulations. The hue was chosen for its effectiveness in setting objects apart from their natural environment. Especially against blue skies and seas. Since much of the world around us is blue, orange stands out even more.

This has been shown to be effective since its implementation. In 2002, a study was published in which fluorescent orange was observed to have the best visibility at night. In 2007, a risk researcher showed that wearing specific colours, including orange, could significantly reduce the risk of accidents for pedestrians and cyclists. In fencing and other situations, the colour orange proves to act as a safe option.

Orange Cars and Safety

Cars are another example where “safety orange” can be applied. According to Kelly Blue Book, orange is the third safest colour of car to buy. A Monash University Accident Research Centre study found that cars that were lower on the visibility index, such as black, blue, grey, green, red, and silver, were associated with a higher crash risk. Further, vehicle colour is also associated with crash severity, with lower visibility colours having higher risks of more severe crashes. Thus, colours with high visibility, such as orange, would be associated with a lower crash risk and be safer to drive. By demonstrating the safety benefits of the colour orange, using it in fencing to protect those around it makes perfect sense.

For further benefits, ask your broker or insurance company about rebates for using orange fencing.

At Orange Fence Rentals, we know the safety of your project is your top priority. With this information, there is no question about who can best provide it. Contact us today for customer satisfaction: any fence, anywhere, any time.

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