Safety Tips for Garage Doors
Garages are not just storage spaces for your cars but may be used as spaces for children’s recreational play or spaces for home projects; therefore, with more reasons that safety measures must be established in keeping the garage door safe to prevent theft, illegal intrusion, as well as damaging the safety features or installations on the garage door. These are tips in ensuring that your automatic garage door is safe, therefore, allowing it to be out of harm but securing your car and other properties inside the garage.
If there are small children, you must see to it that the control button of the garage door opener is installed at a secure location where it is not within reach of your small children.
Make it a rule in your house that the remote control of the garage door must not be played by anyone, most especially the children.
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In cases, where you are renting the house, consult the owner’s manual and learn the proper use of the garage door’s emergency release feature.
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Garage door features, like springs, cables, rollers and pulleys, must be regularly checked for signs of wear. Always ask for a trained door repairman to fix any worn-out parts, as these have been installed under high tension.
Conduct a regular test on the garage door-opener’s reversing mechanism by placing either a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towel in the door’s path. Should the door not make a reverse after making contact with either the 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towel in the door’s path, call for a trained door repairman to fix that for you and, later in the near future, replace with a new garage door that has an auto-reverse mechanism.
You must always see to it that the garage door is not partially open as it can suddenly travel further down and hit any object in its path.
Require a safety orientation and training of house fixtures to every member in the house; especially children, never to place their fingers between door sections and explain the dangers of doing so.
Make sure that when you and your family is away, unplug the garage door opener or else use a vacation lock console security switch which can render the remote unusable.
Always bear in mind that home intrusion can be accessed by either stealing the remote garage door opener or your car with the remote control in it. Consider having a key chain remote as another option of preventing this unwarranted attempt. It may be a small inconvenience in exchange for the safety and security of your home; so, always lock the entry to the inside of your home, most especially, if your remote garage door opener is programmed to your vehicle.