DHF launches garage door safety video

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has launched a new garage door safety video for members, installers and consumers, to aim better understanding of the complexities of the ‘hold to run’ feature. The six-minute video (embedded below) aims to provide safety demonstrations, and to clearly explain the issues surrounding the understanding of hold to run, including that the opening and closing of the door are not the sole considerations. (For example, if the door is above a certain weight, or if the door opens onto a public highway, additional safety features are required.) As DHF’s garage door group is consumer-facing, the organisation believes that it is vital to raise awareness of the overall safety features of the domestic garage door.

“Our video focuses on the hold to run feature associated with roller garage doors, and very clearly highlights the importance of considering safety (as well as aesthetics and cost) when choosing a new garage door,” said Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, the DHF’s head of commercial operations. “It’s important to note that an automated garage door is, in fact, a machine, and should be treated as such, if injuries to people and pets are to be avoided.”

The DHF has, for many years, advised the industry on the interpretation of standards associated with garage door safety, and the legislation surrounding this. It is the first time the federation has produced such a video. In so doing, the organisation hopes to reach a much wider market and educate more consumers as to what they should looking for as standard when selecting a new garage door, and about the safety feature known as hold to run.

“We have been particularly concerned that some providers, who are not DHF members, have been selling illegal products and offering safety as an additional feature instead of as standard,” Patricia added. “A DHF member will always put safety first. The DHF remains committed to placing only safe, compliant products on the market that are fit for purpose.

“Our advice to the consumer is this: please check what safety devices are applied as standard when purchasing an automated domestic garage door, and speak to a DHF member ahead of purchase, should you require guidance on safety and installation.” An external link to the video is here.

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