Although automatic gates are much safer than they were years ago, they are still large pieces of machinery that require safety measures to operate especially when children are around. Here are some important things to remember when it comes to automatic gate safety.
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We all know that gates offer an extended level of security, but there are actually safety devices working inside the system. In all automated security gates there are different safety devices. Typically there are two devices (depending on the model) that provide a response to the gate opener to keep it from injuring people and destruction. A correctly working safety device can not only prevent damage, but it can also prevent injuries. That is why testing and keeping your gate opener’s safety devices in working order is extremely important. Below are some simple ways you can test your security gate opener’s safety devices.
A photo eye works by scanning the area in the path of the security gate to make sure nothing is blocking the way. You can make sure the photo eye is working by simply blocking the photo eye as the gate is closing. You can put any object in the path of the photo eye. Try to close the gate next, and if the photo eye can sense the object then it will not close. If the gate does in fact close when there is an object in it’s path, then you know your photo eye is not functioning properly.
First, locate the vehicle detector loop by looking for sensors embedded into the pavement or asphalt in front of the gate. Next, park a vehicle on the detector loop sensors and attempt to close it. Be cautious when administering this test, because if your vehicle detector loops are broken, the gate will close and your vehicle could be at risk of getting damaged. We suggest having someone sit in the vehicle in case they need to move it right away.
Hit a Small Object
Today’s modern security gates have options that allow them to sense when an object is hit. Allow the gate to hit an object you put in its path. If the gate touches the object and is working properly, it should reverse its closing action as to not hit or crush the object. If the gate continues to close when an object is put in its path, then the sensor may be broke or may have gone bad.
If your gate fails any of the above tests, we recommend you get an expert out to help repair the issue immediately. For your safety and those around you, please test your gate’s safety devices frequently. OC Gates is available to assist with any maintenance or gate repairs you might need.
Electric gates are one of the best ways to secure your home, and automatic gates can be installed for nearly any size property. A well-installed security gate is the first level of home safety. As we all know, crimes on residential property and home invasion are a problem in the Orange County area and a security gate will improve the safety of your home and family. Orange County Garage Doors and Gates takes your family’s safety seriously when we install any new electronic security gate.
An electronic gate installation places a barrier between your home and the world around you. It gives you peace of mind when you are away from home or not at home with your family. Criminals want to get as much as they can in the shortest amount of time and, of course, they can’t gain easy or quick access to your property if you have a properly installed security gate. Also, a gate will protect your children and pets when they want to play outside.
Orange County Garage Doors and Gates offer two ways to enter your home through your gate safely. You may use an automatic gate opener that senses when your vehicle enters the gate area. You may also opt for a card-entry system which allows only those with a card to enter. Another security feature is called “Photo Eyes” which works as an infrared sensor that will close or stop a gate from opening when necessary.
There are several different materials your gate can be made of, but wrought iron provides the strongest and most secure material for your security or driveway gate. A wrought iron gate doesn’t only provide security, it can also be customized to match your personal style.
An electronic security gate does add value to your property. Not only does it provide a look of beauty and distinction, the added safety factor is appealing to a potential home buyer.