10 Great Garage Door Safety Tips
Garages’s hold various purposes within your home they are great for storage, personal/business projects, or even play; for that reason there are also posing dangers and security challenges. We have compiled a list provided by the International Door Association (IDA) along with the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association in which there are garage door safety tips necessary for the prevention of any hazardous situation.
- Children are very curious beings, it is essential to keep the garage door remote out of reach of children.
- Children must not be allowed to play with garage door remote controls.
- Manual’s contain a release feature, Consult the owner’s manual learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
- Ensure to inspect visually the garage door each month. Take a look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.
- Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
- Do not place fingers between door sections and be sure to explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch. for greater safety.
- Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.
- While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
- If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.
- A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key-chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.