On this Blog we’re constantly discussing garage door safety, and delving into the reasons as to why a garage door may cause a problem. But there are a few safety tips that we haven’t covered, tips and tricks that can be performed routinely at home to ensure that your garage door continues working to your satisfaction—and to your health and safety—each and every day.
First, consider the children in your home. Don’t allow the children to play with the functions on a garage door. Remember that the safety mechanisms built into a garage door, like its safety sensors—which prevent the door from closing on a person—can be disabled if the opener is held down.
Keep the garage door opener button out of a child’s reach at all times, and don’t allow children to play unsupervised around the garage door. Explain the inherent dangers to your children.
Remember, a child will be more likely to experiment with something that they don’t understand, even if you’ve told them to stay away from it. Hopefully a thorough explanation of the dangers of playing with a garage door will fizzle out any curiosities they once had.
Your garage door most likely has safety equipment built into it, and you should test some of this equipment periodically to ensure that it’s working properly. One of the easiest tests is to place a two by four in the path of the light on the safety sensors, and try and close the garage door. If the garage door continues in a downward track even with the obstacle, the safety sensors are not working properly. Also, visually inspect the garage door monthly, looking for any obvious signs of damage or wear to the garage door or to its hardware and accessories.
Also, remember that a garage door is a route into your home. It’s so common for someone to leave a garage door opener on the visor of their vehicle, which they’ve left in the driveway, and to go on vacation.
That garage door opener is a key into your home. Leaving it on the visor of your car is akin to leaving the keys to your house in the lock of the door handle. Also, while you are away on vacation, consider disengaging the garage door opener, and adding a vacation lock to the garage door, so it’s unable to move freely in its track.
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