Wednesday, 28 September 2016

UL325 SAFETY CERTIFIED GATE INSTALLATIONS

Was your gate installed with UL325 Safety Compliance?

Our main priority during gate maintenance or installation is safety; plain and simple. UL325 is a set of safety regulations put into effect January 2016 in hopes of decreasing the amount of injuries and fatalities due to operated gate systems. With incidents having been reported since the 1970's, it's about time set safety measures came into effect. Whether you have an existing gate that's needs to be updated or you're thinking of having one installed, we want to help you get it done correctly. 

3 out of 4 gates and operators lack or need replacements of necessary safety features. However, with suppliers like LiftMaster and HySecurity, safety and security are made easy with quality products, built to last. Let's start with the basics of any gate. You'll need 2 independent safety devices at each entrapment zone. These are the areas in which someone can be injured if near the gate during operation (ref. gray areas below).

For Swing Gates, take a look at the diagram below to understand where the potential entrapment zones are as well as where safety features are to be placed. 


Courtesy of LiftMaster

Similarly, Slide Gates also have entrapment zones despite not opening out. Here you see that it's in and around the operator area where the gate slides to one side.

Courtesy of LiftMaster

With either type of gate, it's important to understand that the bottom edges must be smooth. This means that no sharp edges underneath the unit can be larger than 1/2 inch beyond the base of the unit. Another common issue are gates that have wide spaces in between the vertical bars where someone is able to reach their hands through to gain access. Whether or not the gate is in motion, someone can get injured which puts you at fault. If horizontal bars are more than 2 1/4" apart, a wire mesh screen must be put in behind to close the area of the gate that moves as well as the fence that the gate covers in the open position. Pedestrian gate access must be installed off to the side, away from main gate operation. This exit must be clearly marked for regular pedestrian exit or in the event of an emergency.

We hope that with a little insight, gate owners and potential buyers understand that safety features are necessary, not optional. With two safety features at each entrapment zone, the amount of injuries or fatalities will drastically decrease. If you're not sure if your gate is up to standard or thinking of installing one to protect your property, please contact us. We'd be happy to stop by for a consultation to let you know what your options are.

Also be sure to check out our SlideShare Presentation for a quick overview of gate safety.


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