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Gate Safety Week, 13th-19th October

Update, Tuesday 14th October, 2014:

According to an article in October's issue of Landscape and Amenity magazine, the security industry are in full support of the gate safety campaign.

There are an increasing number of influential organisations who are joining the campaign, in a bid to help improve the safety of automated gates. The latest organisations to support Gate Safety Week are Secured by Design, the flagship UK police crime prevention initiative, and the European Fencing Industry Association, who promote safety within the fencing industry.

With so many influencers on board, who knows what kind of impact Gate Safety Week could have on the security and fencing industry?

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Today is the start of Gate Safety Week, a campaign and week-long safety initiative created to raise awareness around the installation and maintenance of powered gates. The campaign set up by the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) aims to educate professional installers as well as the general public, on the dangers caused by poorly installed and maintained powered gates.

The Effects of Poor Installation and Maintenance

Badly installed and maintained powered and automated gates have been the cause of a number of accidents and deaths over the last few years. It is therefore no surprise that the safety of anyone who uses these gates, whether it be in commercial, public or multiple occupancy buildings, is of increasing concern.

In a bid to prevent accidents occurring, the campaign sets out to teach people how to report an unsafe gate and know what give away signs they should look for.

The Message of the Campaign

The Gate Safety Week campaign has the following key messages to deliver:-

  • To ensure that there is awareness from installers and maintenance companies over the safety of powered gates, required by law.
  • To offer a neutral platform for organisations who share similar interests in the powered gates industry.
  • To educate merchants, installers, inspectors and many others to properly supply, install and operate powered gates.
  • To make people aware of the liability that applies to powered gates installers.
  • To see all of the aims of Gate Safety Week, take a look at the website.

    Getting Involved

    If you are a member of the DHF Powered Gate Group, you have the opportunity to get involved and lend your knowledge and expertise to this worthwhile campaign. If you want to learn more about getting involved, you can visit the website areas specially designed for industry professionals, members and the general public.

    What do you think?

    So do you think Gate Safety Week is a good idea? Let us know what you think by submitting your comments below. You can also take a look at our range of security gates and fencing on our website, to suit your different needs and requirements.

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