Every year people are injured from a garage door accident, either by being struck by a falling door, or trapped underneath one. A garage door can weigh over 500 pounds and has several moving parts, so it is very important to be thoroughly educated on garage door safety to ensure you and your family are well protected.
Garage Door Safety Tips
1. The most important step to take in garage door safety is to educate children about the dangers of playing in or around the garage. Children should always be supervised when they’re around moving garage doors.
2. You should always keep your garage door closed. It may be more convenient to leave it open, but that can actually invite trouble into your home. Some one could be eyeing your valuables and try to come inside and take your belongings, or even a wild animal who may be hungry looking for food or shelter. By having a shut, secure garaged door, this will project the unwanted outside from getting in.
3. Yearly maintenance on your garage door can prolong the life span of some of the moving parts. For example, lubricating the hinges and checking the tightness of the fasteners can be small steps to save a bigger problem from happening later on.
4. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism at least once per month. This can be done by placing a roll of paper towels in the doors path. If the door closes and does not reverse up once it touched the roll, you should immediately call a professional garage door repair company to inspect it. If your opener have not been replaced since the early 90s then you might want to by a new opener with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
5. A recent trend in home burglary is gaining access to the home by stealing the garage door’s remote that’s left in your car. Never keep a remote control in a car, as someone could either break the windows to get the remote out or even steal your whole car. Try using a key chain remote and always keep it in a safe place.
6. Adults should not allow children to play with or touch the garage door remote controls, or push the wall control that operates the garage door opener. The button for the wall control needs to be installed at least 5 feet off the floor – far out of reach from curious button-pushing children.
7. One of the most common problems that can happen to a garage door is a broken spring. If one of your garage doors springs break, or both, you will most likely want to try and repair this yourself. This is not recommended as these springs are very heavy duty and are under extreme pressure, so if you remove them wrong they could pop out and cause you or your children to get seriously injured. Please contact your local garage door repair company to have the springs replaced.
Accidents aren’t inevitable, but by taking a few extras safely precautions, you can help to protect not only your home but also the people who live in it!