Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Don't Let the Door Slam in Your Face: Automatic Doors Need Attention, Too

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Don't Let the Door Slam in Your Face: Automatic Doors Need Attention, Too

Article excerpt

When was the last time you had the automatic door closers at your property checked?

You probably them a second thought. After all, they are made to get out of your way. Automatic door closers are ubiquitous, modern conveniences that typically perform without a hitch. We give so little thought to their operation and may not have stopped to consider them a hazard.

There is a catch. While frequently used without incident, automatic door closers do go out of adjustment--closing too quickly or with too much force.

Watch the Closing Speed

What are the ramifications of a maladjusted door closer? While minor changes in its closing speed will typically not affect most, the elderly and physically disabled are more at risk for a loss of balance, a fall or an injury. An improperly adjusted door closer that closes too quickly or forcefully can cause loss of balance, or even falls and injuries. To perform properly and safely, automatic door closers need to be inspected and adjusted for closing speed and force.

Visitors at Risk

Part of the problem is that people who routinely using the door grow accustomed to the changes in the door's operation, and may just attribute them to quirks in the building. …

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