70% of Automated Gates are Unsafe

Gate Safety Week to focus on why only 30% of the UK’s and Ireland’s 500,000 automated gates are actually safe

Automated Gates

Beware of the Gate: poorly maintained automated and powered gates can be, at worst, a death trap. Image by Nataliia Sydorova (via Shutterstock).

Automated gates are a popular option among well-off households, on trading estates, and in public places. With the convenience of automatic entry and egress, we can be a little complacent and assume everything is alright. The DHF (the Door and Hardware Federation) has highlighted concerns that several automated gates may be poorly installed or maintained.

Of the 500,000 examples fitted in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, it is claimed that 70% of gates are unsafe. This is an alarming figure, considering how we place our trust in them. For this year’s Gate Safety Week, this is the central theme of the DHF’s exposition.

Figures state that nine people have been killed by badly maintained automated gates. Of the nine people, six of them were children. There have been numerous near misses.

“Safe Gates Save Lives”

Gate Safety Week has been set up for raising awareness of poorly maintained automated and powered gates. This year’s message highlights, in just four words, the concerns that are expressed. Organised by the Door and Hardware Federation, Gate Safety Week begins on the 10 October and runs until the 16 October.

The event is also supported by the Master Locksmiths Association. Its Director of Business Development, Steffan George, said: “The MLA enjoys a close relationship with the DHF and so we’re more than happy to promote this vitally important message of automated gate safety.

“With MLA locksmiths doing more and more in terms of general security work, and a number getting specifically involved in installing powered gates, we’re keen to promote the message of ensuring all gates are safe and are therefore pleased to back Gate Safety Week 2016.”

Further to the Master Locksmiths Association’s involvement, Gate Safety Week will also be marked by Fencex. Taking place on the 12 October at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre near Coventry, it is a convention for businesses in the fencing industry and allied trades.

The high point of Fencex will be a Question and Answer with the Door and Hardware Federation’s Nick Perkins. This will take place in the Seminar Theatre at 11am. There will also be an open surgery at 2pm.

If you have any problems with your powered or automated gates, why not give our locksmiths in Dublin a call on 086 0255953 or 01 6611489. Or email us today on info@jrsecuritydevices.ie. Whatever way you choose to contact us, we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

JR Security Services, 27 September 2016.