We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Different Types of Barrier Tape?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Feb 26, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The main purpose of all types of barrier tape is to alert people that a particular area is not open for access. In some cases, the tape is used to preserve some aspect of the enclosed area. At other times, the main function is to prevent people from exposing themselves to a hazard of some kind.

Perhaps the most common types of barrier tape that most people encounter is construction tape. Barrier tape of this kind is used to mark off an area where construction is taking place. The tape is usually placed so that people know to stay a safe distance away from the construction. Along with new building sites, this type of tape may be used around buildings scheduled for demolition, or structures that are undergoing repairs.

Similar to construction tape, hazard tape is also a relatively common site. This type of barrier tape is often employed by utility companies when engaged in repairs or some type of work in a given location. Power companies often use brightly colored tape of this kind to warn people away from a power line that is down. Road crews may use the tape to temporarily close a street while facing or making other repairs to the road surface. Water companies may use the tape when it is necessary to dig into the ground in order to access and repair a damaged section of pipe. Since all these situations are potentially dangerous, using the tape serves as a quick and easy way to let people know to steer clear of the area.

Law enforcement agencies use a type of barrier tape known as crime scene tape. The tape is often used to block entry to an area where a crime has been committed. Doing so helps to prevent what could be crucial evidence from being accidentally contaminated or destroyed, thus increasing the chances of identifying and arresting the perpetrator of the crime. In most jurisdictions, crossing crime scene or police tape without proper authorization is often punishable by anything from a fine to being arrested.

Firefighter tape serves much the same purpose as hazard tape. With this kind of barrier tape, the idea is to keep people from getting too close to an area where a fire is currently in progress. There are two ways that the tape is useful. First, it minimizes the chances of bystanders from being injured by debris or smoke inhalation. Second, it helps to maintain a clean entry and exit from the area that can be used for rescue vehicles and to bring in additional firefighting equipment if necessary.

Barricade tape is often used along parade routes. The tape helps to cordon off the parade path, serving as a warning for drivers to not attempt to use those streets until after the parade is concluded. Barrier tape of this type is usually brightly colored, making it easy for people to see the tape long before arriving at an intersection that is temporarily inaccessible.

In many cases, barrier tape can be reused. Most tapes are made from durable synthetic materials and can be rolled up for use at a later date. One recent innovation in barrier tape products is known as the rewind wheel. Essentially, the device retracts any dispensed section of tape with the touch of a button, functioning in a manner that is very similar to a retractable tape measure.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGEEK, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

Discussion Comments

Malcolm Tatum

Malcolm Tatum


Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Read more
WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.