Gate Safety Week: A DHF Initiative:
In 2014, DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) created ‘Gate Safety Week’, a campaign aimed at creating awareness about the installation and maintenance of automated gates. Its objectives? To educate both the public and industry professionals on the dangers of poor installation and maintenance, as well as how to spot an unsafe gate and how to report it.
The campaign has grown steadily over the years and we are heartened that organisations such as NSI, HSE, The British Safety Council and Gate Safe, have backed our on-going drive for best practice and higher standards across the industry.
Working hard to improve the statistics:
Since 2005, six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained automated gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland. And alarmingly, it is estimated that a mere 30% of the 500,000 automated gates currently in service in the UK, are fit for purpose. Through the ‘Gate Safety Week’ campaign, DHF is working hard to improve these statistics.
“There is still a lot of work to do to lower that figure even more,” said DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “Promoting the Gate Safety Week initiative to the education sector is just the beginning. We want to educate the educators, who will then educate the populace. Each year we call upon leading manufacturers, installers, and maintainers of automated gates to support our crusade, which they do willingly.”
Did you know that ‘Gate Safety Week’ is now an all year-long campaign?
Since 2014, the ‘Gate Safety Week’ campaign has run for one week in October. Whilst the 2017 campaign will culminate in a special week of events and increased activity in October also, we are now running ‘Gate Safety Week’ as an all year long campaign to emphasise how important an issue this is. We are making great progress but for DHF, the campaign is on-going until every automated gate in the UK is safe for use.
Launching our school competition:
This year, we are focusing the efforts of our campaign on the school environment. After-all, what could be more important than the safety of our children? To that end, we have launched a competition, seeking one UK school willing to work with us and become the ‘face’ of this year’s ‘Gate Safety Week’ crusade; leading the way in promoting the importance of gate safety within the school environment.
If your school has automated gates or is intending to have automated gates fitted on the premises, then yours could be the ‘face’ of our 2017 campaign! So, what does the competition involve?
• We would like pupils to design a ‘gate safety’ poster, the theme of which will be ‘Safe Gates Save Lives’ – our 2017 campaign slogan. In addition, pupils will be required to create the ‘Safe Gate Code’ for use in their ideas.
• The competition will commence at the start of summer term, with final entries accepted on Friday 9th June by 5pm, and the winner of the best entry will receive a prize and art supplies for their school. Winners will be selected by our Automated Gate Group Chairman, and DHF Training Officer and will be notified and presented with their prizes before the summer holidays commence.
• We are anticipating a high level of media attention for our gate safety in schools campaign (potentially national television and radio), which will draw attention to the importance of ‘Gate Safety Week’ as a whole, and highlight the selected school as spearheading this vital initiative and its key objectives in a positive way. We are hoping that other schools will be drawn to the campaign on the back of your invaluable input and support.
Interested? Then please contact Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, Marketing Manager at DHF on 01827 52337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the campaign and competition.