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"Warning Sign" redirects here. For other uses, see Warning Sign (disambiguation). For a sign on a vehicle or building relating to it or its contents, see placard. A traffic warning sign is a type of traffic sign that indicates a hazard ahead on the road. In most countries, they usually take the shape of an equilateral triangle with a white background and a thick red border. However, there are color of the background and the color and thickness of the border varies from country to country. In the People's Republic of China, warning signs appear with a black border and a yellow background. In Sweden, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Finland, Iceland, the Republic of Macedonia and Poland, they have a red border with an amber background. This is due to the weather, as it is easier to see a red/amber sign in the snowy weather than a red/white sign. The polar bear warning sign in Svalbard recently changed from displaying a black bear on white background to a white bear on black background (both signs are triangular with a red border). Some countries that normally use a white background have adopted an orange or amber background for road work or construction signs. Warning signs in some countries have a diamond shape in place of the standard triangular shape. In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Malaysia warning signs are black on a yellow background and usually diamond-shaped, while construction signs are black on an orange background. Ireland also adopted these standards, diverging from the standards of the rest of Europe. Some other countries also use these standards for some signage.
Sample Shapes and Colors

Diamond shaped Circular with with yellow background yellow background

Rectangular shape with yellow background

Triangular with orange-yellow background

Triangular with yellow background

Triangular with white background


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1 History 2 Warning signs 2.1 General caution 2.2 Obstacles 2.3 Animals crossing the roadway 2.4 Odd vehicles crossing the roadway 2.5 Road works or construction 2.6 Curves and corners 2.7 Chevron arrows 2.8 Tunnels 2.9 Bridges 2.10 Traffic signals 2.11 Warning signs for regulatory signs 2.12 Level crossings and intersections 2.13 Lane starts and ends 2.14 No passing zones 2.15 Pedestrian crossings 2.16 Schools 2.17 Other signs with unprotected people 2.18 Fire stations 2.19 Oncoming traffic 2.20 Level crossing/Railway crossing 2.21 Falling rocks

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2.22 Other warnings 2.23 Road conditions 2.24 Side winds 2.25 Slow down 2.26 Merge to stay with through traffic 2.27 ☡

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