Garage Door Safety Tips03/30/2017 Back To Blog
The garage is an important part of the home, and most people use it daily. While it is commonly used as storage, either for vehicles or other items, it also serves other purposes at times. Using the garage as a workshop, for example, is popular. The more the garage is used, the more significant safety concerns get—and even if it gets very little use, anyone who lives at the property should be informed about how to behave around it.
Keep Up with Maintenance
Regular garage door maintenance includes simple tasks such as lubricating moving parts, visual inspection, cleaning, and otherwise keeping the door in its best condition. Doing this regularly allows you to spot any safety hazards early on and take action before anyone gets injured.
Be mindful of broken or damaged springs and cables. These devices are subject to immense tension, and can cause serious injury or death. Never try to open a door with such faults, and never try to repair the damage yourself—always get a professional to repair or replace the cables and springs.
Backing into the door can happen if you are in a hurry or for other reasons. Even if no damage is visible on the door, it is highly recommended to have it inspected by a professional. The damage may be subtle but significant, and lack of action can lead to serious safety concerns.
Keep an Eye on the Door Itself
Garage doors, automatic openers and remote controls are not toys. Children should not be allowed to play with these or any other parts related to the garage door. Keep pets and children away when the door is opening and closing, and watch it to ensure that nothing gets in the way.
Fingers and clothing can easily get caught between the door and the wall. Stay at a safe distance to the door when it opens and closes, and never stand under a moving door. Furthermore, trying to race under a closing door can cause damage to both your vehicle and the door.
Garage doors are incredibly useful contraptions, and they are generally very safe to have around and operate. If one observes a few precautions and respects that the door can cause injury if not handled correctly, it is very unlikely that anyone will ever get hurt by it. Regular maintenance, watching the door as it opens and closes, and leaving the operation of it to adults are basic steps to ensure maximum safety for the whole household.