Top 4 Garage Door Safety Tips Every Family Should Know

Top 4 Garage Door Safety Tips Every Family Should Know

With the warmer months approaching, your garage will likely see the most usage out of the year – especially in homes with children. While garage doors add convenience to your home life, with its extra storage area and covered parking space, it also poses a potential danger if garage safety practices are not adhered to.

As one of the largest moving objects in your home that is used on a daily basis, it is important to eliminate potential dangers when using your garage doors.

In this article, we share some effective garage door safety tips to help keep you and your family safe from garage door related accidents.

1. Do not leave the doors ajar

Oftentimes, homeowners leave their garage doors open to cool down the space or allow the easy access of pets. But by doing so, you may put your loved ones and valuables at risk by inviting the presence of household pests or even burglars. A partially open garage door is also in danger of closing on something or someone if it gets activated again.

2. Ensure openers, release lever or buttons out of reach or hidden

One of the most important garage safety tips is to keep your door opener out of the wrong hands. An automatic door in your garage can easily cause harm if children gain access to the door openers or buttons. The following are some tips to keep your children safe when in the garage;

· Do not allow your child to hang off the door
· Remove or securely store anything that can be scaled (E.g., ladders, stools, etc.)
· Make sure your child understands that a garage door is not a toy
· Do not let your child play with the remote controls
· Constantly monitor your child when in or around the garage

3. Visual inspection

While you may not be an expert on garage doors, periodically checking them goes a long way in avoiding functional accidents or mishaps. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear that could emerge in the form of loose springs, rollers, pulleys, cord, bolts cables, or other hardware. Leaving these issues undealt with will not only compromise your garage door’s efficiency but also its safety level. It is imperative to note that you should not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them yourself. Instead, contact your garage door technician to conduct a repair as soon as possible.

4. Test the reverse and other functions

The reverse safety feature was added to garage doors to ensure an immediate and automatic reverse when encountering an obstacle. The following are tests that should be conducted monthly to ensure an overall optimal condition;

1. Test the auto-reverse. Place a 2 x 4 board on the path of the door. A well-functioning garage door should bounce back immediately after sensing the item in its pathway. However, if the door does not reverse or react to the presence of the object, this could mean the sensors are out of order.

2. Test the force. To physically test the pressure exerted by the door, grasp the base of the door as it closes and push upwards. Your garage door should stop when encountering resistance.

3. Test the balance. Using the release mechanism, lift the garage door by hand. A well-balanced door should stay in place, supported entirely by its springs. However, if the door is resistant, does not lift smoothly, or won’t remain open 3 to 4 feet above the floor, it’s likely out of balance.

It’s only natural that your garage doors need repair over time, but you definitely want to be aware of any faults in functioning as soon as possible. So, make sure to contact a qualified garage door professional for an immediate maintenance inspection and repair.

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