Perimeter walls, gates and fences do a great job of maintaining privacy, but these physical barriers could also delay help during an emergency. When a call for help is received, first responders need immediate access to gated properties – and any delay in response could be the difference between saving your property and total loss, or even the difference between life and death.
Fire, police and emergency medical personnel cannot waste time looking for keys, codes, cranks, or attempting to force a driveway gate open with bolt cutters, the “jaws of life” or other mechanical devices. They also cannot wait for maintenance personnel to arrive to activate gate release mechanisms. Furthermore, if you live in an area prone to earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes or tornadoes, catastrophe response may be determined on a triage or accessibility basis, and gated properties could be bypassed.
As a result of advancements in technology, a number of devices are available that can provide emergency responders faster access to your property, even when security gates are in place. To ensure security is maintained, these products typically feature an audit trail for the device and day/time of each usage. The most common types of emergency access devices are: