Electric Garage Door Safety Guidelines From The DHF

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With modern garage doors being the largest moving objects in many homes, and weighing in excess of 400 pounds, garage door safety is a key source of concern.

There are many preventable accidents involving people and pets being crushed by garage doors.

Any company selling garage doors must ensure that the door is fit for purpose and safe for use.

But in an attempt to beat competitors on price, many firms in the UK ignore this. The Door and Hardware Federation in the UK recently issued a document outlining what makes a safe electric door.

While many of the points outlined are common sense, one key point is whether roller doors need a ‘leading edge safety sensor’ or not. Many unprofessional installers will try to convince you that it is okay to install some type of infrared beam detector, close to the ground. Under NO circumstances should you accept this, as this will not prevent accidents from happening.

The following is an extract from the DHF document:

1. What Laws need to be adhered to?

The main legal requirements that affect the safety of doors are 2 European Legislations, namely; the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (SMR) & the Construction Products Regulation 2011 – EU No. 305/2011 (CPR).

These require all garage doors to carry a CE mark and to be accompanied by a declaration of conformity or declaration of performance. The installer must also keep accurate, up-to-date records of how the regulations have been complied with.

2. On The European Standard.

BS EN 13241-1:2003 + A1:2001, is the ‘harmonised’ European standard for garage doors. Doors fitted must comply with this. If they don’t, the installer needs to show that they have an equivalent level of safety.

Under Statutory Management Requirements, compliance with the European standards is compulsory. But under Construction Products Regulation, compliance with only certain aspects of the standard is compulsory. One of which is the clause about operating forces of the doors.

The above-mentioned points show that there needs to be compliance with the law, for your own safety. Do not listen to anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

According to the DHF report, to place a powered garage door on the market today, the installer/supplier must be able to answer YES to at least ONE of the following questions:

1. Is the door fitted with a safety edge?

2. Is the door protected by comprehensive presence detection?

3. Does the operator have inbuilt force limitation?

4. Is the door controlled exclusively by a hold to run control located in a safe place within sight of the door?

Regardless of your kind of garage door, whether it’s a roller, canopy, shutter or sectional, some tips to follow to ensure your safety include:

1. Install the garage door opener about least five feet off the ground. This keeps it out of reach of small children.

2. Also store the remote control out of reach (I’m sure you have seen the Specsavers ad)

3. Test your doors regularly, at least once a month. While you are at it, visually inspect moving parts for signs of wear or stripping.

4. Familiarise yourself with the manual and all emergency release procedures.

5. Buy from reputable companies who can send out repairmen at a moments notice.

At SRL Limited, our professional installers will walk you through the process of fitting and testing of your electric garage doors. Call us today for a quote, you’ll be glad you did.

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