Each year, there are around 30,000 injuries that result from the use of a garage door. Whether it comes from a cable snapping or one of the rollers broke, the garage door can be very heavy. In fact, it can even be lethal if you find yourself under one that comes crashing down. All garage doors should have a safety system in place that helps control the door and prevent it from falling, but these systems can malfunction just like any other system. In an effort to protect you and your family members, here are some tips to help ensure that your garage door system remains safe.
Don't Touch Moving Parts
Anytime the garage door is moving up or down, you want to make sure your hands are out of the way. Children are especially susceptible to touching anything that is moving. There are certain places on the garage door that can be very dangerous when in motion. These can include the door panels, vertical rails, or any other moving part around or on the door. Even when you are opening or shutting the door manually, you want to be careful where you place your fingers. If you are not careful, you could smash them or worse. Always use the handle to operate the door manually.
Inspect Your Garage Door
You should receive a maintenance guide with your garage door to help you understand what each part does and how it should be maintained properly. You can have your garage door inspected by a professional for around $100, or you can choose to do it yourself. If you plan to do it yourself, you need to know what to look for. Some of the things to look for are that the rollers are working properly, the tracks are parallel, and the bolts or nuts are not loose. If you do find a problem with one of these, you will want to call your garage door repairman to come and check out the situation.
Keep Your Garage Door Opener Safe
Many people think it is safe by placing your garage door remote on the sun visor of your vehicle. This is a good way to not only get it stolen, but the kids have easy access to it. When you leave the opener with kids, they could easily press buttons causing the door to move up and down without warning. This can be very dangerous for someone who may be walking under the door. Additionally, should someone steal your garage door opener, they now have full access to your home. This is why it is important to keep your opener out of sight.
Contact a garage door company, like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc. or a similar location, for more info and tips.Share
19 April 2016
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