Overhead Door of Western Kentucky™ cares about you and your family’s safety, and since June is “National Garage Door Safety Month,” we are providing tips to help keep your garage door operating safely. It is important to know about the possible dangers of garage doors. We recommend you also discuss garage door safety with your children.
First of all, it is best to have an up-to-date garage door system. Older, manual garage doors are not only victim of years of wear and tear, they also use torsion springs which are dangerous to adjust. Lastly, common injuries associated with garage doors happen because fingers, hands and arms were in the way of tracks and cracks. Consider using pinch-resistant door panels to help prevent accidents and keep away from tracks, springs, rollers, and between door sections.
Review the manufacturer’s installation or instruction manual for safety information about your model. Your manual should include things such as safe installation, identifying problems, conducting safety tests, and understanding parts and repairs. Knowing the ins-and-outs of your garage door is going to be your best defense when it comes to prevention and operational safety.
Garages are often a weak link in the house when faced with intense wind and storms. Your garage door should be tested for inclement weather and laborious use, among other things. An Overhead Door™ custom garage door is among the most dependable and durable in the industry.
Protect children by keeping the garage door opener control at least five feet above the ground. Explain to your kids that, while the controller and the garage door may have buttons and lights, they are not toys to be played with. Be sure your garage door uses an optical sensor, also called a reverse mechanism, which should keep the garage door from closing if anything is in the way. You can test the sensor’s effectiveness by placing an object in its path.
Perform maintenance regularly, inspecting the garage door for possible wear and tear, including any glass. Pay particular attention to springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys. Do not work to remove, adjust, or repair these parts or anything attached to them — unless you are knowledgeable.
If you and/or your family are planning a vacation this summer, unplug the garage door unit or use the lock security switch on the wall console (if applicable). Preventing home invasion can be as simple as not leaving your garage door remote in the car, or by keeping it well hidden. Be sure the access door from your garage is always locked and consider using a key chain remote.
At Overhead Door of Western Kentucky™, we know how important garage door safety is, which is why we cover the topic frequently. For extra information, read our blog posts about garage door maintenance care and other real dangers of garage doors.
As always, call us if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to help!