While to most people, automated gates are a symbol of security and sophistication, they can be hazardous if not handled properly. They’re indeed convenient, but they can also pose serious risks.
Automated gates installed in areas where there are kids, disabled people, or multiple occupants, are considered high risk. But does it mean we shouldn’t have them in such areas? Of course, not. By taking the necessary precautions, we can always minimize the risks associated with these gates.
So, how can one operate automated gates safely? You don’t need some special skills to operate these gates safely.
Here’s what you need to do.
Install Safety Devices
An automated gate isn’t complete without the appropriate safety devices in place. It’s not every time your gate will come installed with these devices. So, it’s up to you to make sure they’re there. Some of these devices include photocells, force limitations, and presence detectors.
- Force limitations: The closing force of the automated gates should be limited to those in the Australian safety standards. The gates should also reverse immediately on hitting someone. At least with this, the impact won’t be that great, and as such, the injuries will be minimal.
- Photocells: Photocells consist of a transmitter and receiver which communicate through signals. In case the signals are broken, the closing gate will stop and reopen. Usually, the signal is broken if any object acts as a barrier between the transmitter and the receiver. In that case, the gate won’t close on anyone passing through it.
- Presence Detectors: These devices use infra-red rays to detect movements, objects, and people in the vicinity of the automated gate. Therefore, the gate won’t shut if there’s a person or object on the passage or around the gate.
Regular Safety Reviews
It isn’t enough to have an electric gate installed by a professional. Owing to the high risks they pose, you should have them checked from time to time. Regular safety reviews help you to know if your gate is still safe to use or not. In case the gate doesn’t meet some safety requirements maybe because it’s damaged, you should have it fixed and tested by a professional. Do this as often as you can.
Replace old gates
Old is gold they say, but you don’t have to use a gate for generations. At least get a new gate if the one you’re using is worn out. This not only improves your curb appeal but also eliminates the risks of using a malfunctioning gate. Get an expert to assess the gate and help you know whether the gate is safe to use of it needs a replacement. In most cases, if the gate is more than a decade old, it should be replaced. As you get a new gate, don’t forget to get one that blends with the exterior styling of your home.
With these tips, you can now safely operate your automated gates. At least, now you don’t have to fear that your little one will be trapped by a closing gate. But still, be extra careful with these gates especially if you have kids around.