The garage is an important part of our homes, this is where our vehicles are stored which are as equally if not more important than the garage itself. This is why it needs the care and attention it deserves. This means we have to show some respect for the place by keeping it in perfect order which, in turn, will keep us away from harm or any accident that we do not want to happen. June was declared National Garage Door Safety Month by The International Door Association and with that, we’ll tell you a few safety tips we think you ought to know when it comes to securing your garage door and keeping things safe for you and the kids.
With the safety of the children coming first and foremost, it’s important to remember to keep them away from the garage door, especially when it’s in motion. Garage doors are extremely heavy and therefore highly dangerous for kids as well as pets. The sides where all the moving gears, parts and hydraulics can be found are much more dangerous. We certainly don’t want our children and pets to get caught in any part of our garage doors. There are a lot of products out there in the market that promise added safety to your garage. However, if you ask us about it, we recommend that you invest in a good ‘electric eye’. If you install this device it will instantly detect any movement within your garage and if it does, it will make your garage door stop moving whenever it’s in the middle of closing or opening.
Speaking of garage doors, it’s always advisable to make sure they are properly working by having them checked regularly. Find a company you can trust to evaluate your doors or you may learn it yourself if you have the time and patience to spare as learning how a garage door operates can be quite complicated. They may even point you out to some good quality garage door replacement parts. That said, you’d want your doors to run safely and smoothly as a broken door can be very dangerous, even fatal in some cases.
Remember to also keep the things that you don’t want your children and pets to be touching in a secure place where they can’t reach them. This includes remote controls, wall mounted openers and even ladders. As for ladders, keep them stored in a horizontal fashion so children can’t climb up them. Also, don’t forget to seal any container with harmful chemicals in them such as paint, you don’t want them around mall children and pets as they tend to get curious easily.
Other things you should keep in mind and store away in a safe place are ropes because if they just lie around scattered they can trip somebody over and nobody wants a broken nose. Another are flammable materials like old newspapers, old clothing, and rags. Remember to remove any gasoline away from hot heaters or any gas. The last thing you want to hear from your garage are sudden explosions.
When garage doors are opening are closing listen closely and pay attention to any clanking or weird noises. If there are sounds that you do not usually hear or if there are rough grinding sounds or perhaps a screeching noise then it might be best to have it inspected. Chances are you need some garage door parts replacements or even the entire door itself. However, it could be that it some specific parts of the door need to be lubricated with oil. No matter what the issue, it’s best to consult an expert on garage doors first as its mechanism is a very specific science in itself. With that said, it’s important to mention that whenever you bump your garage door with your car, even if it’s just a slight bump, there may be parts there that could have been misaligned and it could lead to a malfunctioning garage door.
Now that we are in the subject of opening and closing garage doors, it’s also important to note to not leave your garage door open. When this may be an obvious tip, the importance of it still elude some of us and we need to bear in mind that leaving the garage door open and unattended leaves the house vulnerable to burglars and thieves. Remember that when thieves get access to your garage, that means they have access to your home too.
We hope that these pointers helped you out in securing your garage to help keep it properly maintained for your safety and the safety of your family. Keep in mind that these are just the basic tips for starters, you can never be too careful whenever the safety of your family and pets are at stake.