Gate openers are extremely convenient since you can have the gate to your driveway opened with the push of a button without having to get out of the car to open it and then back in to drive through it. However, with gate openers, there of course comes some dangers that you need to be aware of, especially if you have children or pets. Here are four safety tips to keep in mind:

Don't Let Children Reach Through: When your child is in the front yard, you should always be there to keep an eye out. This is because you do not want your child to reach their arm through the gate. After all, you don't want someone to not realize that your child is there and activate the gate opener, causing harm to your child. Also, you shouldn't reach your arm through in an attempt to open the gate if you are trapped in. This is dangerous as well and can lead to a broken arm or damaged bone easily. 

Motion Detected: For any automatic gate, you want to be sure that it can detect if a person or an object is close in range. This will ensure that it deactivates until the person or object has moved out of its path. This can prevent injuries and other damages. If for some reason your gate is not motion detected, which is typical of older gates, then you will want to contact the company who installed it to ensure that this feature is put in.

Never Do it Yourself: If the automated gate needs repairs and you want to do it yourself or you are thinking about installing one yourself, think again. Automated gates are heavy and their control panels are sensitive. If the control panel is not installed or set up properly, then damage and injuries to others can be done. Also, lifting the gate can lead to you becoming seriously injured, as well. Leave these things to professionals since they are trained to handle these automated gates and know all the ins and outs of the control panel operations.

Get it Tested Regularly: All automated gates should be tested by professionals regularly to ensure that the motion detector is working and the gate is opening as smoothly as it should. If a problem should be detected, the professionals can resolve it before it becomes worse.

Knowing these four tips for safety, you can be sure that you keep the automated gate to your home safe and secure for many years. (For more information, contact Rut Fencing)