Do I Really Need Safety Devices on My Electric Driveway Gate?
Naw, safety devices on driveway gates really aren't necessary.
Although something tells us the family members of the following people would beg to differ:
- Boy, 12, crushed to death by electric gate
- Girl, 5, crushed to death by automatic 3ft metal gate
- Boy, four, crushed to death by driveway gate in Fujairah
A Sobering Reality
At its most fundamental level, an automatic gate is roughly 500 lbs of metal being moved with a respectable amount of force and speed by a mostly mindless machine. If care is not taken to ensure that the system is safe, it is unnervingly easy for someone to be seriously injured or killed by a driveway gate.
Installing it Right
Some important things to consider:
- Nowhere in the gate system should there be a place where a person could get a part of their body caught between a moving object and a stationary object, such as the gate post and the gate, without safety devices to keep them from getting crushed.
- Good gate design eliminates most areas in the gate in which a person could be injured. Safety devices help protect against injury in areas where the risk cannot be eliminated, such as between the closing end of the gate and the post it stops against.
- Photo-eyes help make sure the gate doesn't close or open if there is someone or something in the path of the gate.
- Reversing edges help make sure the gate stops or reverses (depending on the settings programmed in the gate opener) if the gate does happen to make contact with a person or an object.
Summing it Up
While it can be appealing to save a couple thousand dollars by ignoring safety and asking for a system without safety devices, it really isn't worth the risk to your friends, family, and loved ones, not to mention the financial liability that would be yours to bear if someone was to get hurt by your gate.
A professional gate installer will be able to guide you through selection of the proper safety devices for your system.