The Door & Hardware Federation, dhf are holding their latest initiative, Gate Safety Week. The awareness week started yesterday, the 9th October and has so far experienced an unprecedented level of support from a number of well-known, leading UK organisations. The campaign will run from the 9th until the 15th of October, with the intention of improving the awareness about the dangers of using unsafe gates and how a dangerous gate can be identified and reported.
The campaign was first launched in 2014, and is now in its fourth year. The all year round focus on raising awareness to improve safety culminates in a week full of activity. ‘Gate Safety Week’ held by dhf usually finishes with industry-wide activity. This activity includes generating interest in the press and social media. This year appears to be as successful as previous years of the campaign.
Easygates, the Midlands-based organisation has created a video exploring gate safety. The company are heavily promoting this video and are also focused on giving advice on this matter all year round to their installers as well as the users of their gates. It is important to be aware of the correct safety procedures and products that are vital to ensure the safe and proper use of a gate, and Easygates ensure that they are available to offer free gate safety advice to those who need it
Other organisations involved in the campaign include Procter Brothers, who have been running an article that illustrates the importance of carrying out regular maintenance on gates. Cova Security Gates have also taken part in Gate Safety Week offering free safety checks to local businesses as well as producing a gate safety video. Cova also has a dedicated area of their site for the importance of gate safety.
Twitter has been a very beneficial platform for this year’s campaign with industry followers making the most of hashtags, especially #safegatessaveslives in order to get involved with the debates taking place.