Not many people realize that the largest moving and most dangerous object in their home is actually their garage door. Not many of us think about the garage door until it won’t open when we’re trying to get to work that dreadful Monday, or when it won’t close when we’re trying to get to our daughters’ soccer playoff game. The truth is that a majority of homeowners in the United States have come to rely on the garage door as their primary source of entry when the come and go. The garage door has become the front door for most American families.
Why is this important? Being the largest, most dangerous, and sometimes most neglected part of your home is not an ideal combination. Garage door safety has come a long ways in the past 60 years, but routine maintenance can prevent a major headache from happening to you. Here are a few tips regarding garage door safety for your home.
Re-code your garage door remotes when you move to your new home. You changed your front door locks didn’t you? It is very simple and only takes a few seconds to make sure that none of the old neighbors or tenants have access to your garage. This is also a great time to schedule your first maintenance to familiarize yourself with the condition of your garage door and opener.
Keep the tracks clear of obstructions. Brooms, shovels, shelves, trash cans….you name it. It doesn’t take much to throw a cable off of your garage door if something is caught on one side of the rails inside your garage. Make sure that you family knows the importance of making sure that that tricycle, motorcycle, or car bumper can really get damaged if they are left in the way of a closing garage door.
Never override the safety sensors. If you have to hold down the wall button to close your garage door, or if your door reverses; you need to schedule service immediately. This usually indicates that your safety sensors are out of alignment, and would fail to prevent the door from closing on your vehicle, a child, or a pet. The garage door opener is reversing because it is telling you that it can no longer sense whether something is blocking the beam any longer because the sensors are out of alignment.
Never allow children to play in the garage unsupervised. It is very important to be sure that you explain to your children the importance of understanding how dangerous a garage door can be. Explain to your children how to use the garage door and garage door opener properly and safely. Fingers can get pinched, and there are many sharp objects along the inside of the garage door itself. Make sure that your family knows to never touch any of the moving parts at any time.
Stop running under your garage door as you close it! If you don’t have a remote to operate the door, it is never safe to attempt to press the wall button and run out quickly underneath he garage door.
Proper instruction and education can make your garage a safer place! If you have questions about garage door safety, make sure to consult your local professional.