Building a legacy for Alex
In late 2022, The Hummingbird Alliance partnered with the American Fence Association to increase safety awareness around the danger manual rolling gates pose without proper safeguards. With over 1,400 member companies across 19 regional chapters, the AFA promotes the highest levels of professionalism, ethics, education and certification for the fence industry.
October 3rd is Alex's birthday, and in his memory we are kicking off Gate Safety Awareness month in partnership with the AFA. Throughout the month we will be broadcasting activities, training and awareness campaigns related to gate and fence safety. Find updates here as we look at ways to make gates safer on playgrounds, at schools, around pools and at your home.
A Birthday to Remember
Since losing Alex, a sense of dread looms for us each year as we approach holidays and milestones he is missing. But this year is different – we are humbled by the professionalism of the fence and gate industry taking action to prevent further tragedies like the one our family experienced, and the others we have identified in our research. Through training, standards revisions, and proposed changes to law that are in process, the commitment to keeping our communities safe is our top priority.
Safety is a mindset we all can share.
Eric and Dayna Quanbeck
Gate and Fence Safety Awareness Month
Alex's BIG Life Playlist
Like the truly remarkable young man he was, Alex had very eclectic taste in music for a 7-year old! We've put some of his favorites into a Spotify playlist to enjoy while you learn more about Gate Safety Awareness Month.
Join American Fence Association as they share stories, industry best practices, and essential tips to ensure that gates are installed, operated, and maintained safely. Together, we can make our communities more secure.
A Focus On Safety
Each week of October will be devoted to different types of gates and fences. Be sure to join our mailing list for important information about manual/rolling gates, electric gates, pool fence and gates.
We are working closely with local officials to update building code, ensuring safety is part of all new and existing fence and gate construction. Ready to make change in your own community? We can help!
Find A Local Gate Safety Professional
Interested in having a gate or fence installed, or in scheduling a safety check for existing installations? Get connected with a fence and gate professional through your local AFA Chapter!
Simply click on the map below and contact the AFA Chapter President for your area. They are standing by to connect you with a trained professional who can help.
Why Gate Safety Regulations Are Important
Our goal is to prevent future fallen gate tragedies by partnering with the men and women working directly with gate fabrication and installation; and with the regulating bodies that enforce the building codes these installations fall within.