Most homes have a garage door, and although many people use their garage door every day with no problems, there are a few safety tips that should be considered to protect your family from harm. Garage doors can be safely used, and injuries prevented by following the safety tips in this article.
Safety Tip 1:
Most garage doors already come equipped with either motion sensors or a blockage stop that forces the garage door to go back up when something gets in the way of closing the garage door. This is to ensure that the items in the way (whether they be your vehicle, storage items, or a family member) are not harmed by the garage door when it is closing. The first safety tip is to make sure that this device is currently working on your garage door. In order to do this, place an item (not a person) underneath the door and close it. If the garage door stops when it touches the item, or won’t even begin to close with the item blocking it’s route downwards, then the safety mechanism is clearly working.
Safety Tip 2:
Always, ALWAYS make sure that no one is in the way when you go to close your garage door. Whether or not your safety mechanism is working correctly, it is still important to make sure that no one will be harmed by the garage door shutting. The safety mechanism always has a chance to fail, which could cause injury or even be fatal to anyone that is crushed underneath the garage door. The best way to do this is by looking before you close the garage door. This doesn’t take much time out of your day, so for those that are concerned about time constraints, a life is more important than a few seconds.
Safety Tip 3:
Maintain your garage door and all of it’s components. A well maintained garage door has much less chance of falling and hurting someone, and the safety mechanism will be in better shape to prevent it from closing on anyone or anything. Maintenance of your garage door is a very important step when it comes to preventing family injuries.
Your garage door safety can be boosted significantly by following the three tips that are listed in this article. Your garage door is a necessary part of your household, so treat it with the same caution that you would any other dangerous appliance.