Automatic Garage Doors: 2 Tips To Help Prevent Disasters

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Automatic garage doors are truly a convenience and luxury in people's lives, yet they often get overlooked and taken for granted. Due to the fact that garage doors are often one of the ways into your home and contain safety features, these doors need to be paid special attention to. This is especially true if you want to ensure the security of your home and the safety of yourself and your family members.

1. Always Make Sure the Door Fully Closes.

Have you ever been late to work or school in the morning and failed to make sure that your garage door actually closed before you left the house? Probably so. Unfortunately, you may have come home to find that your garage door was actually open even though you were 100 percent positive that you pushed that button before you left your driveway that morning. However, something, anything, could have gotten in the way of the self-reversing sensor and caused the garage door to reverse and go back up. Do yourself and your family a favor and make sure that the garage door fully closes before you leave. It only takes a few seconds to do this.

2. Regularly Test the Self-Reversing Mechanism.

Newer garage doors have a mechanism installed that can automatically detect when something has crossed the path of the garage door when it is in the process of closing. When the sensor has been triggered, the door is supposed to automatically stop in its tracks and reverse.

Unfortunately, a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health showed that this may not always be true. In this study, 50 automatic garage door openers were tested and 40 percent of them failed the test. In this same study, it was reported that 85 percent of children had either endured permanent brain damage or lost their lives in garage door accidents. For example, in 2013, a young Maryland girl lost her life after an automatic garage door sensor failed to detect her presence underneath the door.

Due to these findings, it is crucial that you make sure that your automatic garage door has this self-reversing sensor. While it hasn't been foolproof in the past, it is better to have it than not. Secondly, it is imperative that it be tested on a regularly basis, such as monthly, to ensure it is working properly. Use a decent-sized object to place beneath the garage door to make certain that the sensor will detect it and that the garage door will self-reverse. If it does not, call a technician out immediately.

For more information, contact companies like Allied Door Controls & Glass.

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