Safety Tips for Garage Doors

Even if they are highly convenient, you never know when accidents can happen with automatic garage doors, especially if you have children and pets in the house. That is why you need to know about these safety tips:

Check Safety Sensors

The door opener’s safety sensors are attached to the rails, on which the garage door rises. They are about 6 inches off the ground. Their job is to reverse the direction of a closing garage door if a person or animal walks under a closing garage door. Push the control button to close, but before it does, place a broom or similar object in front of one of the sensors. If everything is fine, the door will stop immediately and reverse. If that doesn’t happen, call a professional right away.

Safety for Children

Please explain the dangers of what can happen if they place fingers between door sections. They need to be aware of potential injuries. If you have small kids, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

Security during Vacations

While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers. If the opener doesn’t come with rolling-code technology (changing access codes every time the opener is used to prevent unauthorized access), please change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control.

Misalignment

Do you hear odd noises while opening or closing garage doors? These peculiar sounds are generally indications of misalignment or worn and loose components that should be checked out without further delay. Have you bumped your car against the door? It is necessary to inspect it thoroughly even though there is no appearance of visible damage. A minor bump could cause a major misalignment somewhere in the system and either the door itself or the springs could break down much faster

Garage doors are used almost every day. As time passes, parts undergo wear and tear, which lead to cracks or breakage, which can compromise safety. Light inspections and maintenance can be done in your own, but it is still advisable to get the door professionally serviced at least once a year to ensure maximum safety and increase the lifespan.  Lastly, you have to ensure pets and children stay clear of the area when you open or close the garage – you can never be too careful!

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