Parents are being urged to demand that all automated gates at schools and public buildings are checked for safety. This follows a number of gate-related fatal accidents, some involving children.
In recent years three children and three adults have been killed in gate accidents, says the Door & Hardware Federation Powered Gate Group which is running Gate Safety Week (October 13 – 19 www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk ).
The campaigners estimate that more than two thirds of all automated gates in the UK fail to meet current safety standards and could be potentially unsafe.
Said Neil Sampson, chairman of the DHF Powered Gate Group which is running Gate Safety Week: “Powered gates are an increasingly common sight in our towns. Many schools have these gates at the entrance. Office buildings, apartment blocks and other public buildings have automated car park gates. And we are seeing more and more residential driveway gates being installed.
“Our group represents the industry that makes, installs and maintains powered gates. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure accidents like this do not happen again – which is why we are focusing public attention on the dangers posed by badly installed and maintained gates.”
Parents are strongly advised to ask their school whether the entrance gate has been maintained and checked for safety. Advice to the general public is available on the gate safety helpline 01827 52337.
If the gate is at a workplace, public building or residential area then contact the owner, building manager or managing agent who is advised to ring the safety hotline number for guidance.
Further advice on what action to take if anyone is worried about the safety of a gate, tips on how to spot a potentially unsafe gate, and guidance on how to find a qualified company who can carry out a gate safety check are available from www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk .
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The DHF Powered Gate Group is a collective of the UK’s premier gate installation companies and the major automation equipment suppliers who work together to provide state of the art technology in safe and reliable installations. The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) represents all the key players in the following sectors: powered gates, industrial/commercial doors, garage doors, metal & timber doorsets and locks & architectural hardware. With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet minimum standards of competence and customer service.
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Safety starts at the school gates …. pictured here, automatic gates installed at the Skinners’ Academy, a secondary school in Hackney sponsored by the Skinners’ Company. A correctly installed and well maintained school gate like this is perfectly safe. Check the safety of your school gate by calling the DHF gate safety helpline 01827 52337.