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DHF launches Garage Door safety video for members and consumers

DHF launches Garage Door safety video

Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced the launch of its new garage door safety video for members, installers, and consumers, to better understand the complexities of the ‘hold-to-run’ feature.

The six-minute video, which provides a number of safety demonstrations, clearly explains the issues surrounding the understanding of hold-to-run, as far as safety is concerned, and 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. With DHF’s Garage Door Group being consumer-facing, the organisation believes 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,” says DHF’s Head of Commercial Operations, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “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.”

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, but in so doing, the organisation is able to reach a much wider market and educate the consumer 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,” adds Patricia. “A DHF member will always put safety first and 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.”

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