Automated Gate Systems provide it’s owner comfort and security. Anyhow, because these machines can operate a great amount of force, it is critical that you fully understand how a proper design set up installation and maintenance reduce possible hazards in relation with gates and automatic gate operators. In recent blog posts we have covered some basic signs to watch out for that relates to safety and warranty, and in this post we’ll be getting a little bit more into detail with additional information.
MOVING GATE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH:
I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen this sign (as shown above) before. If not your installer should be sticking this on either side of your gate when operating automatically. As a heads up, it is the owner’s and user’s responsibility to be aware of potential hazardous situations in relation with an automatic gate system and take appropriate steps to reduce any risk of injury. MAKE SURE YOU READ THE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION found in your gate operators’ manual for more details and safety requirements alongside with this blog post!
REMEMBER:!! ANY AND ALL AUTOMATIC GATE SYSTEMS MUST COMPLY WITH SPECIFIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND LOCAL CODES. For reference check out the previous blog post covering the importance of SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND UL325!! Check it out here
INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE:
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance record and ask your professional installer about a service deal. Here are the following necessities you should add to your checklist:
- Check all entrapment protection devices following the rules of the manufacturer’s maintenance procedure.
- Check that the gate is aligned or leveled. Open and close the gate manually to make sure its rolling smoothly. (Refer to the gate operator manual to know how to turn off the power and move the gate physically).
- Examine the gate hardware on a regular basis. Tighten any small screws that may end up becoming loose and replace any damaged or rusty parts. Treat your gate operator as if you would treat your vehicle.
- Before your professional installer leaves the site, test and make sure all functions work properly. Like the safety motion sensor and any other external features to make sure the gate opens and returns upon striking an object.
- Make sure you receive instructions on operating your gate system by your installer, safety manual or the person who sold it to you. To save yourself any inconvenience, learn how to reset the gate operator, turn off/on power, and manually open the gate.