Garages are great for a whole range of purposes storage, summer DIY projects, playing, but they can also pose safety & security challenges for all of those purposes. Through the International Door Association (IDA) & the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), the Overhead Door Corporation has prepared this list of garage door safety suggestions for keeping everybody & everything protected & secure.
Home Garage Door Safety
- Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of little kids.
- Do not let kids play with a garage door remote controls.
- Consult the owner’s manual & learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
- Visually study the garage door all month. Have a look at springs, cables, rollers & pulleys for signs of wear. Please do not attempt to take-off, adjust, or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.
- Test the garage door opener’s reversing functionality every month by putting a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the door-opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously think about a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
- Never place fingers in the middle of door sections & explain the dangers to kids. If you have little kids, think about a door with panels that cannot pinch.
- Do not leave the garage door slightly open. When activated again, it may travel downward & come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security.
- While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which leaves remotes unusable & is an optional accessory to nearly all openers.
- If the door-opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes all time the door-opener is used to avoid code grabbing, make sure to change the manufacturer’s regular access codes on the door-opener & remote control, or think about investing in a newer version with more safety & security features that are now normal.
- A new craze in a home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the door-opener or vehicle. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a keychain garage door remote & all the time lock the entrance to the inside of your home — especially if your door-opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a little inconvenience for safety & security.