UK safety standards
There are quite a number of safety standards in the UK relating to the manufacture and Installation of Automated and electric gates, some of them are listed below from the Government HSE website:
- BS EN 13241-1 Is the Product Standard for Automated & Electric gates
- BS EN 12604 & BS EN 12605 on the technical requirements and testing
- BS EN 12453 & BS EN 12445 on the requirements and tests for Electric gates
- BS EN 12635 on the installation of Electric gates
- BS EN 12978 on the safety devices for Automated gates
- BS EN 60335-2-103 on the mechanisms for household electric and similar gates
- BS EN 60335-2-95 on power drives for residential vertically moving garage doors
These UK safety standards are put in place to help with the safety of Automated Gates, however it is not just about the individual components making up the product, but also about the way they installed together to fit a particular property, and what is done over time to maintain their safety.
They also note that at all times an electric gate must respond in a safe way when any person uses it. The Automated gate design must take into account that unforeseen circumstances that may occur outside normal use, such as extreme weather and children playing on them, as well as normal wear and tear, wind and rain, snow and other debris that can impair function.
That is why it is imperative that your installer should be fully qualified and registered to carry out such work.