Your garage is home to myriads of items. Whether these are chemicals, home improvement tools or even an extension of your home as a playroom/office, it’s absolutely essential to keep it 100% safe and secure.
It’s not just about keeping children out of harm’s way. It’s also about ensuring your garage is theft-proof. Countless people have reported break-ins and robbery. Surely, you wouldn’t want to be part of that statistic.
Here are very important garage door safety tips you shouldn’t skip on.
- Remind younglings of the dangers of garage doors
If placed in the wrong hands, garage doors can be extremely dangerous. Don’t forget to remind the young ones at home the perils of playing around in this area. Dozens of children get injured no thanks to garage-related incidents. So never pass up the opportunity to tell them that they’re in for something grave should they choose to toy around with it.
- Request for a safety manual
Safety manuals aren’t lengthy pamphlets that are meant to rest in your drawers. It’s very important to have a copy at hand and spend time reading it. If the garage door seller forgot to include a manual, request for one. Being informed means understanding safety and precautions.
- Keep your hands away from danger zones
The danger zones of a garage door include the area between sections or near any moving parts of the door. You or anyone else shouldn’t be in that spot while the door is opening or closing. Furthermore, you need to stay away from opening or closing garage doors. Otherwise, you’re just asking for something to go wrong.
- Always conduct regular maintenance
Regular maintenance means looking out for worn out parts of the garage door. It also means spending enough time inspecting that area to see if anything needs to be replaced. Here’s a little something to guide you by:
- Garage Door Springs
Torsion and extension springs and attached hardware are under extreme tension at all times. All tension must be released from springs before any work is performed on the springs, hardware, or bottom cable brackets. Only a professionally trained service person should relieve the springs of any tension.
- Warning Door Sections:
As with any door, caution must be used when closing it. Do not attempt to manually close a garage door by placing fingers between the sections as a place to grab onto the door. Serious injury could result! Use the step/lift handle or pull rope attached to the door to pull door closed.
- Warning Bottom cable brackets:
These brackets are attached to the springs, which are under extreme tension. Never attempt to loosen them unless all tension is first removed from springs. Only a professionally trained service person should relieve the springs of any tension.
- Warning Garage door opener, wall control panel, and remote controls:
Your garage door opener is a great convenience, but can cause injury if used improperly. Never let anyone “race to beat the door” as it closes. Keep the wall control panel at least five feet above ground and the remote controls away from children. Instruct children never to play underneath the area where the garage door closes. Always keep the area in full view as it operates and do not leave the area until the door completely opens or closes.
- Never leave the remote in your car
If a thief breaks into your car and finds the keys to the garage inside, then s/he automatically has a way into your home.
- Frost or cover your garage windows
Clear garage windows are only calling for thieves. When you get the time, be sure to cover or frost them. This will prevent criminals to see even the slightest view of what you have inside.
- Always keep your garage locked
This sounds like the common sense but you’d be surprised how many homeowners forget to lock their garage doors. Be sure to put enough padlocks or deadbolt for security. This can be extra crucial when you’re going to be away for a long time and there’s no one else to look after your home for you.
- Never attempt repair if you’re not capable
We may live in the age of DIY. However, it doesn’t mean you can make repairs on your own all the time. If you are not equipped or trained to do so, don’t do it. Professionals exist to do the work for you. Should you need assistance or expert opinion, the small investment means the guaranteed safety of your home and everyone in it.