Safety Considerations of Garage Doors
Your garage door is one entry among other doors in your house; therefore, when its space is used not only for your cars but also for your children’s play area or space for your home projects, then you have to make regular checks on your automatic garage door to see to it that it’s safe and sound. The following are safety tips to keep everyone and everything safe and secure.
See to it that the garage door opener control button is out of reach from 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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Take the habit of inspecting, on a monthly basis, your garage door and its features, like springs, cables, rollers and pulleys, if there are signs of wear. Make sure that a trained door repairman fixes any worn-out parts, as these are mounted under high tension.
When you conduct a monthly check on the garage door-opener’s reversing mechanism, do so by putting a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towel in the door’s path. Always call a trained door repairman to fix your garage door, especially if it does not make a reverse after contacting the 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towel in the door’s path and, later in the future, wisely consider changing for a new garage door, which has an auto-reverse mechanism.
See to it that you do not leave the garage door partially open because it will have a tendency to move downward and may hit any object in its path.
Train and orient your children on safety measure in the house; one of which is for them not to place their fingers between door sections and explain the reasons and dangers that may occur.
When the whole family will be away for a long period of time, unplug the garage door opener or use a vacation lock console security switch to render the remote unusable.
Always be conscious of the many strategies that a robber can make entry into your house; one way is to steal your remote garage door opener or your car which has the remote control of your garage door in it. Buy a key chain remote as an alternative way of preventing this unwarranted access. When your remote garage door opener is programmed and linked to your car, as a safety precaution, make sure that you always lock the entry to the inside of your house.