Security gates are starting to be a popular security feature for people living in rural areas.

However there could be a safety hazard.

In case of an emergency landowners need to register their information about their security gates with the Foothills Regional 911 Dispatch Centre to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

MD of Foothills Councillor Suzanne Oel says it is important, in case of an emergency, that ambulances, police and fire have quick access so they can help.

"All they have to do is email our Foothills Regional 911 centre," said Oel. "They will take the information and attach it to a file that is related to their address. In the event of an emergency, emergency responders could open their gate."

Residents can provide the gate code or lock box code and details about the gate. If there is a key required for the gate or lock on a chain, you can get a lock box and place it near the gate.

"Nobody else will have the information at all except the 911 dispatch."

Some newer gate manufacturers have set their gates to open at the blast of sirens, so residents should see if their gates have that feature.

As a last resort the Fire Department will cut the lock, lift the gate off the hinges, or pull the gate open with a chain from the fire truck engine, or various degrees of destruction to gain access.

EMS and Police will not have that option she added sometimes they call the Fire Department for assistance when there is no code info on file.

The destruction of the gate in the case of an emergency is also the owner's responsibility.

To register simply send an email to: [email protected]

Include: your name, legal address, 911 address, phone number, type of gate and lock details.

You will receive an acknowledgement.


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