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Capitol Fence Shares Public Safety Tips Around Automatic Gates

AUSTIN, Texas -- Capitol Fence & Deck of Austin, Texas, learned there are an estimated 300 ER visits due to injuries from automated gates. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that most serious injuries occur around public access gates found at an apartment building, condominiums, and gated communities. Electric gates installed in these places are often outdated and no longer meet current safety guidelines.

Austin Electric Gates Safety Tips

If a home has an automatic security gate in Austin, children and vulnerable adults should learn these safety tips:
* Avoid "pinch points." Never stick hands, arms, feet, legs, or the head through gate openings.
* Check that a nationally recognized laboratory tested the automated gate, typically the ETL or UL.
* Don't play on or around the automatic gate.
* Never walk on foot through an automated gate intended for vehicles only. Use the separate pedestrian entrance at all times.

Risks of Automated Gates

Automated gate systems are subject to few safeguards and restrictions. "Safety by design," the belief that something well designed and adequately assembled will be safe, is the default for electronic gates. The most significant risk comes from improper installation.

Correctly installed gates still have these common risks:
* Crushing: Gates close with an individual in their path
* Drawing in: Gates catch on clothing and pulls the individual into their path
* Entrapment: Gates trap the individual while opening or closing
* Hooking: A protruding part of the gate system catches on the individual or their clothing
* Impact: An individual struck while the gate is opening or closing. The individual moves out of the way before becoming entrapped
* Shearing: Gates damage a parallel object such as a wall; shearing incidents can derail a gate system

Automatic gate systems operate until the gates are either fully closed or fully open. The gates don't react to outside influences, which is where most of the danger arises.

Get a Professional to Install an Automatic Gate Safely

Although automatic gate systems in Austin residential homes are potentially dangerous when installed or misused, they're not unsafe overall. When used correctly and given appropriate care, automatic gates can be a useful and safe way to let people in and keep people out of housing development.

Hire professional Austin entry gate installers when you need repairs or a new gate. Although fly-by-night installation companies are cheap, they're also more dangerous.

When searching for an automatic fence gate, Austin residents should always look for a certified installer. Capitol Fence & Deck is certified to correctly and safely install your automated gate system and meets UL 325 standards.

About Capitol Fence & Deck

Capitol Fence and Deck has been providing the top-level design and functionality for residential fences since 1992 in Austin, Texas. Delivering and installing custom wood, plank, chain link, privacy, wrought iron, and many other types of fences along with walk gates, entry gates, handrails, and much more, there are no other fence contractors throughout the Greater Austin Area that can match our selection and customer service.

Capitol Fence and Deck has built a strong history of exceptional customer support and service. Quality is one of the most essential aspects of any Austin Fence Company and when you want the best, only Capitol Fence and Deck will do.

Learn more at: http://www.capitolfenceaustin.com

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Capitol Fence Shares Popular Ways to Personalize Electric Gates

AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin, Texas-based Capitol Fence, a leading fence and deck business representing the oldest fence contracting company serving Austin and the surrounding areas, recently shared with customers popular ways to personalize electric gates. Installing electric gates in Austin is growing increasingly popular with homeowners for the way in which they enhance a property's curb appeal and increase security.

"Automatic gates come in a variety of styles, materials and operating methods, all of which impact the final cost of the project - which is why we decided to share with our valued customers some popular ways to personalize them," says Mike Morrow, owner of Capitol Fence. "With electric gates, homeowners do not need to exit their vehicle when driving through them, as they're activated via remote control, voice, sensor or keypad, among other options."

"Beyond being faster to open compared to manual gates, automatic/electric types are easier to use because they do not demand any physical exertion to open them; what's more, they are more secure than manual gates as they're opened only by way of a designated code or device."

Starting with the process of installation for an automatic gate in Austin, Capitol Fence says installation varies significantly based on the type and style of gate, in addition to the system and material chosen. In most cases, the largest part of the installation cost comes down to the posts that hold the gate in place on either side. Sliding gates require tracks and specialized wheels, while swing gates require hinges. During this process, the mechanism needs to be set up and, in many cases, the sensor will need to be set and calibrated, and/or the remote set up so that the gate can operate.

"This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the size and style of the gate," adds Morrow.

Beyond installation, personalization is the matter of enhancement and improvement elements, including voice communication, in which drivers can communicate via intercom to the operator. Other ways to personalize a electric gates include keypads, which allow the user to input a code to open the gate; a card reader, representing a more secure way of granting access compared to keypads; and cameras, which can be added to the gate and enable an individual inside a residence to see who is approaching.

In addition to all these options, Capitol Fence also offers driveway and entry gates for Austin residents and commercial businesses that are custom-fabricated in our gate shop utilizing pre-galvanized steel, yielding gates that are powder-coated, not painted, so that proper fit and matching finish is realized.

"We offer our customers a vast array of styles and colors, along with unparalleled and maintenance/rust-free quality," concludes Morrow. "They can choose from economical basic styles or one-of-a-kind designs built to their specifications, providing their home with a distinctive aesthetic that sets it apart from pre-fabricated, 'off-the-shelf' gates."

Capitol Fence is located at 13724 Avenue K in Austin and can be reached by calling (512) 990-2530. For more information, and for a quote for electric gates, visit http://www.capitolfenceaustin.com/.

About Capitol Fence:

Capitol Fence and Deck has been providing the top-level design and functionality for residential fences since 1992 in Austin, Texas. Delivering and installing custom wood, plank, chain link, privacy, wrought iron, and many other types of fences along with walk gates, entry gates, handrails, and much more, there are no other fence contractors throughout the Greater Austin Area that can match our selection and customer service.

Capitol Fence and Deck has built a strong history of exceptional customer support and service. Quality is one of the most essential aspects of any Austin Fence Company and when you want the best, only Capitol Fence and Deck will do.

Learn more at: http://www.capitolfenceaustin.com

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