The struggle for security never stops. As a business owner, you need to invest regularly in the integrity of your property, or else the security measures you take will become ineffective.
As a commercial fence company with extensive experience in Arkansas, United Fence & Construction Co. has the resources and expertise to protect every business. That starts with figuring out whether your security system is up to date, which you can do by reading the following.
Examining Your Gate & Fence
The first step to making sure your access control solutions are working properly is to inspect the gate itself, as well as the fencing connected to it. The security of your property varies based on the type of gate and fencing you use to protect it, as well as the height of those security features. If you use high-end iron gates and fences, they are likely to stay in good condition for the long haul, though you should still check to make sure they remain resistant to rust. Vinyl and aluminum gates, on the other hand, are more vulnerable, requiring you to examine and replace them more often.
Assessing your gate and fences also means paying attention to changing height standards. For example, the DoD currently recommends that chain link fences be at least six feet high, while vinyl ones should be seven feet. If the gate and fences were installed before these standards, they may not be tall enough. You should check the standards regularly and stay one step ahead of them.
Assessing Access Control Solutions
Besides the gate itself and its fencing, you need to examine the access control technology used to operate it. Under current standards, this means:
- Regular Testing- By testing your gate on a regular basis, you can determine whether you are able to open it smoothly on command. If it opens too slowly or too quickly, or it does not always recognize the password you enter or the remote device you use to open it, the access control equipment is likely broken. You thus need to repair it or replace it with a new system.
- Collision Prevention- Besides making sure the gate works smoothly, you need to test it for safety. Gates that are used for letting vehicles in must have non-contact sensors, which stop the gate the moment it comes into contact with an object. You need to test these sensors every month by seeing if your gate stops when it touches another object; if it doesn’t, the gate is not safe.
- Electrical Safety- You must assess the electronic parts of your gate regularly to make sure they do not present an electrocution or fire hazard.
For more information on obtaining and maintaining the best access control systems for your business, contact United Fence & Construction Co. today by calling (501) 725-8647. We can help you determine if your gate is up to date!