Recently we have seen an uptick in clients looking to have an automatic gate installed at their property entrance. Automatic gates are a fantastic way to get some extra security for your home or make coming home easier after a long day because you don’t need to get out of the car to open the gate, drive through and then get back out again to close it!
Aside from creating security and convenience an automatic gate can also increase the value of your property as well as helping to prevent pets from escaping. There are a variety of reasons to install an automatic gate and the benefits are numerous but we think its important to highlight some of the hazards that a system like this can present as well as ways to help prevent any issues from arising.
Making Sure Safety Sensors are Installed Correctly
Safety sensors work similarly to how an elevator door operates. A series of transmitters and receivers are deployed to keep track of what’s happening around the entrance of your gate. Should something be in the path of your gate the signal is broken and therefore the gate will stop. This prevents any damage to people or property that could occur should the gate close prematurely.
Using Induction Loops
There is little point to an automatic gate if it simply opens whenever something is approaching it without question. An induction loop is created by embedding a cable into the ground which is connected to a receiver. When a vehicle moves over the cable it creates a change in the magnetic field over it which in turn lets the receiver know to open the gate. This means only vehicles are able to trigger the mechanism and prevents children and pets from being able to open the gate.
Observing General Safety Guidelines
While your gate will be installed by a qualified and experienced professional who can make you aware of features that can help reduce the risk of damage it is essential to also follow some simple tips in order to keep everyone safe:
- Keep children and pets away from the gate, especially preventing anyone climbing a gate that is moving.
- Move through the gate one car at a time so the sensors can do their job without getting confused.
- Move quickly but safely through the gate without stopping when possible.
- Have a professional install and maintain the gate, carrying out any changes to the configuration of sensors
Need some sound advice?
The best way to ensure your gate is installed with the safest possible setup it is a must to contact a qualified and experienced fencing contractor who knows what to look for and how to get the best possible results from your new automatic gate.
Northside Fencing are specialists in the installation of automatic gates and the sensors that increase their safety. We can provide invaluable advice gleaned over years of experience that will save you time and money now and well into the gates’ lifespan. Give us a call today on (07) 3491 4100 to discuss your options with a professional fencing contractor or contact us online and we will get back to you with any information you may need.