- On SaleOrange & Lime Traffic Cones
Five Heights; 6", 12", 18", 28" & 36"Learn More
- On SaleColored Traffic Cones
5 Color ChoicesLearn More
28", 18" or 12" tall
- On SaleGrabber Cones
42" or 28"Learn More
16 lb. or 10 lb. base
- On SaleCone Bars
7' or 10'
- Clip-On Signs & Caution Tape
Clip-on signs &Learn More
- Collapsible Traffic Cones
18", 28" & 30"Learn More
4 or 5 pack
What Makes a Cone Legal for Road Use?
- Approved as channelizing device -- "tool used to temporarily guide traffic on public roads" -- by the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
- Safe for cars because it's molded from shock-absorbing plastic unlike stiff all-purpose cones
- Meets requirements for height*, color (chromaticity coordinates) and luster (luminance factor) set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
When Are Traffic Cones Used?
Traffic cones mark Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Zones, "An area of a highway where road user conditions are changed."*
*All quoted statements from MUTCD, 2009 ed.
*Modified image. Original provided by Andrew on Flickr
Traffic Cone Sizes
Not for use on public roads
Driver ed courses, mark indoor hazards
Not for use on public roads
Athletics/soccer, animal or dog training
Roadways < 45
Athletics, landscaping, parking
w/ 10lb base – Roadways > 45mph
Hazard markers/blockades and signage
Roadways > 45mph (required size in certain states incl DE & FLA)
Industrial/utility facilities and entryways
Traffic Cone Manufacturing
- Solid piece with no seams
- Body has more give
- More economical
- Two-piece, interlocking-base
- Body is more firm
- 50% recycled materials
Other Types of Traffic Cones
Collapsible "Light-Up" Cones
Pop up cones are a safer, more energy efficient alternative to road flares. They’re made of nylon, foldable, and use a switch-powered LED bulb instead of an open flame. First responders use these instead of traditional traffic cones to indicate emergencies. Some drivers also carry them in case of incident as they conveniently collapse and include a handy carrying bag.
Tubular "Delineator" Cones
Traffic Cone Accessories
Customization for Custom Traffic Cones
Why are Traffic Cones Orange?
On the color wheel, Safety Orange (aka "Blaze" Orange) is opposite azure – the color of the sky. That makes this hue the most dissimilar to an outdoor backdrop and the easiest to spot. The color is Orange-152 on the Pantone Matching System (PMS) with 14 parts yellow + 3 parts warm red + ¼ part black. Blaze Orange is recognized as a high-visibility color by the MUTCD, ANSI, and OSHA, and used for hunting gear and to mark safety tips on guns.
Why are Some Traffic Cones Lime Green?
Florescent yellow-green traffic cones (Pantone, Yellow-Green 382) may be used in place of traditional orange cones, but the color generally warns of increased pedestrian activity. Whereas orange cones can be expected on highway construction areas, lime green cones are usually found near school zones, bus stops, playgrounds, etc. Safety cones of this color are also common where large vehicles are in close proximity to workers, such as industrial sites and facility entryways.
Can you get Arrested for Taking a Traffic Cone?
Yes, but the charges depend on the circumstance. Taking anything from a public agency can have serious consequences, especially if a traffic accident results.
What are Traffic Cones Made of?
Like all traffic safety products, cones are made from pliable plastics -- usually Polyvinyl Chloride. Because cones are manufactured through pressure-molding, the plastic is extremely dense and sturdy yet soft enough to avoid damaging a vehicle.
Is it Illegal to use Traffic Cones without a Permit?
Anyone can buy a traffic cone, even an MUTCD-compliant traffic cone. In fact, traffic cones have a host of everyday functions. But placing a traffic cone on public property -- such as on-street parking spots -- is usually illegal and can result in a fine.
How many Traffic Cones do I need...
- on a Pumper? A fire engine equipped with pumps and hoses must carry five 28" traffic cones with double reflective stripes as well as five hazard flares or carry five 28" pop-up illuminated cones.
- in an Emergency? EMTs and other first responders are expected to carry five (5) light-up cones. Some non-professionals also carry three to five cones in their vehicle in case of roadside emergency.
- in a Work Zone? Approximately one cone every 20 feet, spanning the entire exposed section of the boundary.
Who Invented Traffic Cones?
In 1940, Charles P Scanlon, a Los Angeles streets worker, invented what would become the first patented safety cone. The original design was made of rubber and fashioned by sewing together used tire skins.