A garage is an asset for any homeowner, in terms of both extra space and security. The extra space provided by a garage, can be used for virtually any reason, including – of course – storing your vehicle at the end of each day. The security aspect of your garage can additionally provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you and your loved ones are protected.
However, there are also many garage door safety concerns that you should keep in mind, to ensure they don’t impede the aforementioned benefits of your garage. This is exactly why we at Tucson Garage Door Service are dedicating this article to informing you of these safety concerns and of the steps that can be taken to ensure these concerns don’t jeopardize your safety or security.
Garage Door Safety Concerns
First, considering the size of most garage door openings, they can serve as another way for would-be thieves to enter your home. Here is where it pays to ensure your garage door is completely closed and locked at all times when you don’t have it within your sights.
Another way to ensure your door doesn’t become comprised is to equip it with a rolling code technology opener (standard on most models). This technology automatically changes the access code each time you press the remote, making it nearly impossible for anyone to steal your code, and access you home.
Secondly, your garage door can also serve as a potential threat to small children, when the remote is used as a toy or when the door accidentally closes. One of the best ways to ensure your children aren’t accidentally put in harm’s way is to keep the remote controls away from them.
It is also important to teach them that the garage door is not a toy, and that as such, they should not play directly under the door or put their fingers in between the door’s panels. If an emergency situation arises, it is you should properly use the garage door opener’s built-in emergency release, in your efforts to avoid injury.
Finally, all of your garage door’s safety features may be at risk, should the door ever become damaged or malfunction. To stay ahead of the malfunction part of this risk – as we can’t possibly foresee unexpected damages – it is important to visually inspect your garage door every month.
It will only take a moment of your time to ensure every component of your garage door is in tip-top shape! We recommend taking a close look at all of the doors parts – both moving and stationary – including the springs, cables, pulleys, hardware and rollers for any signs of wear and tear.
If you notice or suspect something is amiss, it pays to call for the assistance of a professional repair company, to make any of the necessary repairs or adjustments. Many of these components are under immense tension which can make the repair of your garage door a dangerous undertaking for any do it yourself homeowner.