There are many dangers that come with electric gates, and the addition of safety edges can prevent a number of tragedies.

Electric gates are convenient, aesthetically appealing, extremely secure, and are designed to control access to residential and commercial properties. But, they also pose a high safety risk to children and adults having caused several deaths, serious injuries, and many near misses in recent years. However, there are various gate safety additions that can be included during installation that can help prevent future tragedies from occurring.

Various Gate Safety Risks

Electric gates have several associated risk factors to consider:

Weather Associated Gate Safety Risks

Safety Edges

Safety edges have become increasingly popular with gate installers in recent years and are the main way to protect your family and visitors from accidental harm. A safety edge provides a simple and effective method of protecting a specific part of the gate from causing a sheering, crushing, or trapping incident. This greatly increases the likelihood of a gate passing a force test. In addition to infra-red photocells, these devices are placed on the edges of your gates. They have also become popular due to the fact they will not falsely trigger.

What are Safety Edges

Safety edges are rubber strips which consist of a daisy chain of ‘through’ and ‘end’ edges which are wired through a transmitter to your gates control panel. If the edge comes in to contact with an obstacle, it immediately sends a signal to the control panel to stop and reverse the motor away from danger.

How do Gate Safety Edges Work?

Following a risk assessment, safety edges would be applied along the areas of the gate where there is deemed to be a potential hazard. When the edge comes in to contact, even lightly, with an obstacle, the rubber profile compresses down and applies pressure to the contact strip. The contact strips are all wired together in a chain using connectors back to the gates main control panel. You will have both ‘through’ and ‘end’ edges which attach to each other in a daisy chain.

The safety edges are either self-adhesive (small profiles only) or are attached by rivets through the aluminium mounting profile. The rubber profile clicks easily in to place once the mounting tracks are positioned. This method means it is simple to install or replace an edge in future if required.

What do Gate Safety Edges Protect Against?

To be the most effective, the safety edge should match the size of the space. We recommend a full risk assessment of the proposed installation to highlight any potential areas for crushing, trapping, or shearing and that you can fit appropriate safety equipment. We recommend that you use a combination safety edges as well as photocells for all potential hazards.