Whether your automatic gate was recently installed or has been installed for years, you may be wondering if it is still safe and how you would be able to tell if it wasn’t. Standards have been created by gate automation experts that you can reference and follow to keep your gate in safe working order.
The UL325 (Underwriters Laboratories) standards go into detail on which safety devices should be installed on automatic gates and the ASTM F2200 (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard is also a helpful resource for gate operator and automatic gate safety as it goes through the methods of evaluating the different types of vehicular automated gates.
Before reading through these standards yourself, here is a simple guide to assess the safety of your gate:
Is your gate too close to the ground?
If your gate is sagging or dragging on the ground, you should call an automatic gate specialist for prompt assistance.
What do your hinges look like?
If your gate’s hinges have any signs of rusts, broken pieces or missing bolts, your gate may be unsafe and you will need to call a gate access control specialist.
Does the gate open and shut correctly on its own?
If you have to touch or assist your automatic gate in either opening or closing, your gate is not working as it should and may be unsafe. Call an automated gate professional to schedule an appointment to diagnose and fix the problem.
After you’ve read through these base level questions, if you feel your gate may not be safe, your next move should be to call a professional. American Access Company specializes in automatic gate and gate operators and they can thoroughly inspect your gate and suggest all UL325 and ASTM F2200 approved changes that should be made to your gate and execute them for you. Schedule a service call today to make your gate safe again.