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NOV 2018

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46 Security Dealer & Integrator / November 2018 Perimeter Security Be sure your gate operator conforms to the UL 325. This unit from DoorKing actually exceeds the standard by using both electronic and mechanical systems to detect obstructions in the opening or closing path of the gate. Photo: DoorKing Gate Safety Inside the UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards By David Sklodowski Since the turn of the century, the UL 325 standard has undergone significant revisions aimed at protecting people from accidents involving automated gates; however, despite these important changes, most gate operator installations are still not fully compliant. This oversight becomes even more critical when you consider the serious threats posed by automated gates. Children and adults can be severely injured or killed if they become entrapped in gates as they are automatically opened or closed. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are approximately 2,000 injuries involving automated gate systems annually – one-third to children. To reduce the risk of injury or death caused by automatic gates, it is imperative that installers and technicians are fully educated on the most current UL 325 revision, so they can ensure the standard is adhered to on each and every gate installation; however, keeping up with revisions and understanding the various standards can be confusing or easily misunderstood. Resources on Gate Safety There are several resources available to gain knowledge about gate safety. The place to start is Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the American Society for Testing Materials International (ASTM) – the primary standards organizations guiding safety in the gate industry. The standards include: • ASTM F2200, which provides guidance to ensure that the mechanical components of a gate are designed and installed in such a way to prevent risk to people in what are called entrapment zones; and • UL 325 Standard for Safety: Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver and Window Operators and Systems – the standard to which vehicular gate operators are designed, tested and manufactured.

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