New Gate Owners: Electric Gate Safety Tips

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If you are considering installing an electric gate at the end of your driveway, you also need to think about the safety of your family when you install the gate. An electric gate can be opened and closed using electricity, thus simplifying the process if you install it in front of a driveway and don't want to get out of the car, for instance. Here are a few safety tips to think about while installing your gate.

Make Sure Your Gate Is Installed According to the Manufacturer's Instructions

The first thing you need to do to ensure that your new electric gate works properly and safely is follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. If you are not able to understand the instructions or do not have the skill set to correctly install the new electric gate that you want, hire a general contractor or electric gate installer to do the job for you. It is very important for the future safety operations of your electric gate for it to be installed correctly.

Keep the Controls for the Gate in a Safe Place

Next, when you have your gate installed, you need to keep the controls away from your gate. You don't want them so close to your gate that you or someone else tries to reach their arms through the gate in order to access the controls; your arm could easily get stuck or injured if the gate starts to open and your arm is through the gate.

In order to avoid people putting their arm through your gate or just being too close to the gate as it opens and closes, try to keep the control panel for your gate between six to ten feet away from the gate itself. Also, make sure that the controls are up high enough for you to access them from inside your vehicle and high enough up that small children cannot access the controls.

Install Extra Safety Features

You should also install all the extra safety features that come with the model of electric gate that you purchased during the installation period. Make sure that your gate has a motion sensor that will cause the gate to stop closing or reverse its motion if something is in the way. Additionally, see if you can get a gate with an emergency release mechanism so you can easily open it if someone becomes trapped by the gate or if the power goes out and your gate fails to open.

Put Up a Warning Sign

You should also put up a warning sign near the entrance of your home that alerts visitors to the fact that you have an electric gate. A simple sign that says "Warning: Electric Gate" or "Caution: Electric Gate" should work just fine. You can include additional warning information as well if you would like.

Install a Pedestrian Gate

If people regularly walk over to your house, or if you often go for walks, you should also install a small pedestrian gate so that when you want to walk on and off your property you don't have to deal with the electric gate. This is an especially good idea if you have children; you will not have to worry about your children being hurt by the electric gate features when they have their own entrance. You can keep your pedestrian gate secure by installing a lock on it.

Make sure you discuss all of the safety tips listed above with your electric gate contractor so they can implement all the safety measures outlined above while they install your new gate. Contact a service like Hahn-AA Fencing to set up an appointment or for more information.

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