In my day they were called Disco’s but now the term is night clubs. Names might change but there is still a need to control crowds queuing up for night club entry.
At an event where entry is selective and numbers strictly controlled an easy method of pedestrian control is essential. For many years you will have seen classic rope and posts used outside nightclubs.
The Stanchions are usually used with velvet ropes making them functional and attractive. During the day they can be put away to allow normal pedestrial trafic.
The ropes and posts encourage visitors to queue in an orderly fashion and also allow door staff to walk up and down the outside of the line making it easy to spot any potential trouble. With an additional rope at the end of the queue it is easy to control the number of people entering the venue.
A great tip on buying ropes and posts; Posts are used outdoors so stainless steel is a good choice. Chrome finish steel is an option, but the quailty of the finish can result in rusting. Perhaps the most important feature from a health and safety point of view is the sturdiness of the unit, so choose a heavier base with a larger diameter.
Rope quality can vary a lot. For an up market venue velvet rope is very popular whereas standard rope is more robust. Either can be easily replaced, it’s all a matter of preference.
If you are going to have a large crowd of people than you must read this.
Wherever there is a crowd that gathers, be it a theatre, nightclub, exhibition a parade or a political rally; crowd control for the smooth running of the event and safety is essential. Crowd control can be maintained by using simple tools like retractable barrier systems or rope stanchions to keep the crowd under control.
Everyone involved with the event understands that it is imperative that crowd control be maintained. This is why using retractable barriers or crowd control stanchions is so very important. Every one from the promoters, the organizers, the security and even the people that are attending the event understand that it is for the safety of everyone involved that the need for crowd control even exists.
There are many different brands of retractable barriers that are made and sold but they all work on the same basic principle; a stable stanchion with a retractable belt barrier similar to ones you find used as seat belts in cars.
Of course as with any other product there are some crowd control tools that are of a high quality and then there are some that seem like a great bargain but often lack features or rigorous testing.
Since retractable barriers have moving parts it’s important to make sure that the belt mechanism has been well engineered and tested so that you can be sure the unit will give you a reliable crowd control solution. Damage can occur due to wear and tear so some barrier systems have an easy to replace cassette, meaning there is no need to purchase complete stanchions, just the belt cassettes.
When the lower quality crowd control stanchions are used it may be defective in some way or perhaps it may not work as well as the other types of crowd control stanchions. By using a higher quality crowd control stanchion the promoters and organizers will actually end up saving money in the end. By using the higher quality stanchions you will be able to use them longer and for many more events than you would a crowd control stanchion that is cheaper and made from inferior materials. It may cost more initially but in the long run it will all pay off.
So my advice is don’t just go for the cheapest option, spend a little time researching and asking questions before you invest in crowd control retractable barriers.