Having a garage door opener is so convenient for homeowners. Years ago you would have to put your car in park, get out of your car, open the garage door, get back in your car, and then park your car in your garage. Consequently many people did not park in their garages when they had to do this. Now most urban homes have a garage door opener. Being able to open the garage door from your car as you pull into the garage with a carful of groceries to unload is so nice. Garage doors are extremely powerful. You will want to make sure that you know how to keep everyone and everything safe and secure in your garage if you are going to have one installed in your home. The International Door Association has some safety tips that we wanted to share with you today.
Keep Garage Door Opener Control Button Away from Kids
First you will want to make sure that you keep the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children. Young children do not understand that garage doors could be harmful. If they can reach the button to your garage door opener they may start to play with it because it is mesmerizing to them that they can make it go up and down with the touch of a button. You will want to teach your children that it is not safe to play with the garage door remote controls or buttons.
Garage Door Emergency Release
You never know when emergencies are going to happen. Knowing how to use the emergency release feature on your garage door before an emergency occurs is definitely a great idea. You do not want to wait until the emergency has happened to learn how this feature works. Knowing how to pull the release could help you or a loved one escape unnecessary danger.
Garage Door Inspection Checklist
Every month your garage door needs to be inspected. You can visually inspect the springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys on your garage door for any abnormalities. If you do this each month you will become more familiar with what your garage door normally looks like so that you will be able to notice when things are wrong. If you do notice anything wrong with your garage door you should not attempt to remove, adjust, or repair it on your own. There are thousands of accidents each and every year that are caused by homeowners trying to remove, adjust, or repair something on their garage door. You will want to call a trained repairman like the ones we have here at United Garage Door Company.
Garage Door Auto Reverse
Garage doors have a reverse mechanism in them that does not allow them to shut if something is in the way. You will want to test this feature each month. Place a piece of wood or a roll of paper towels in the garage door’s path. Your garage door should reverse after it makes contact with the item. If it does not reverse you will want to call a professional repair man. This feature is extremely important! If you have small children in the way of the garage door closing this feature will help them not be crushed by the heavy garage door.
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Your garage door is an excellent feature to have in your home and we hope that you truly enjoy using it on a daily basis. Making sure that you follow these simple safety suggestions should make it so that you and your family do not have any accidents in your garage.