Gate safety is very important with automated gate systems

Always remember - safety first

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Gate Safety

A few things worth knowing . . .

Safety Edges

All electric gates require safety edges to comply with Health and Safety legislation, to guard against crushing and shearing. Safety edges enable the gates to release quickly and easily in an emergency. For example, if the sensor detects an obstacle, the safety edges will stop the gates, and reverse them.

Photocell Sensors

Work by firing an infrared beam, from one side, to a detector on the other, making a closed circuit. In short, if a person, vehicle or object crosses the beam, the circuit is broken. The gate system will then react in the appropriate way.

Hinge Guards

Shield the hinge with a 250mm strip of EPDM flexible, rubber-like material. Clamped by two pieces of aluminium to the surface, this prevents the trapping of hands or fingers in the closing space. In fact, this is a very simple solution for preventing accidents, and ideal for school gate automation.

To sum up, we have a simple guide below; of precautions, you should take for good gate safety.

  • Always ensure that the gates are serviced at least twice a year, by a professional gate installer
  • Report any gate automation issues to your service provider
  • Do not modify the gate automation system yourself
  • Never let children play near the automatic gates
  • Always ensure the gates are in view when operating them
  • Do not stand anywhere between the gates
  • Wait until the gates are fully open, before passing through them
  • Never obstruct the gates when they are in motion
  • Always switch off the power to the gate automation equipment, before manually
    unlocking the gates, even in the event of a power cut.

CLICK HERE for a better understanding of the potential gate hazards, by reading guidelines from the Health & Safety Authority.