Common Home Garage Door Safety Tips

Posted on May 4, 2021 By Concord Garage Doors 
little girl try to open garage door

Since the garage door isn’t usually thought of as a hazard, this article will help you become more aware and cautious. Injuries happen around 30 thousand times annually, with older models posing the most danger to homeowners. And if that doesn't concern you enough, over 60% of these injuries are caused by children under 18 years old! So please read on for helpful tips from our experts so your family can stay safe in their own home-sweet-garage.

Stay Clear of Closing Doors

You might have forgotten something in your home and gone back inside. You can get it, then press the button on the wall next to the door handle to open up the garage. Then you can go back outside and drive away.

This is very dangerous. People do it many times, but we don't want you to. Here are the reasons:

  • It is possible to make it out of a door just before it closes, and you can trip or slip. If you do this one time, there might be a problem. Every time you go through the door, you are taking the chance that something bad will happen.
  • You might not realize it, but your kids are watching you. If they see that when the garage door is about to close on them, and there's just enough of an opening for a person to squeeze through, their parents do so quickly and confidently without any hesitation or fear, and then those children may take after these behaviors as well! This can be dangerous because even if the parent escapes unharmed from this situation themselves due to sheer luck in timing- the chances are good that their child won't have such fortune.

Avoid going into the garage while the door is opening, and make sure not to touch or cross the threshold. The safety features, like sensors, might get confused and cause you to be injured.

Watch your door when it opens or closes. You want to make sure that a child or pet doesn’t go in front of the door and that the door is closing all the way.

Maintain Your Garage Door

You can reduce the chance of accidents happening by doing some maintenance. This maintenance process is:

  1. Keeping your garage door safe is one thing that you don't want to put off until later. Use these simple tips for examining the output tone of voice within it: Check if they move smoothly or not, listen for any strange noises, and examine springs, cables, and pulleys when opening or closing.
  2. Tighten the bolts on the garage door. It opens and closes a lot so that it might get loose.
  3. Check to see if your door is balanced. If it is not, the opener will need to work harder and last for a shorter time. To check the balance of the opener, first, disconnect it by pulling on the release handle. Then, move up with your hands and see how high it gets before stopping. It should be halfway.
  4. Have you ever had a roller at the top of your garage door break and put all that potential energy into motion? How much more would it be to have one or two fall off in front of someone walking down the street! My recommendation is to notice any cracks, chipping, cracking- replace them as soon as possible. There are many reasons why rollers need replacement, but maintaining an up-to-date set can help lengthen their life expectancy by several years.
  5. Don't let the weatherstrip your house and allow elements to enter. Weatherstripping refers to the rubber seal at the bottom of doors that protects you from outside influences, such as rain or snow coming in through an open door. If it appears old, brittle, or cracked, replace them with new ones straight away because this will lead to a leaky home if left untreated. You can get them by foot (or meter) length, which means all you have to do is cut them up according to not what size they need but how much sheeting there needs for each side of the doorway being sealed off before inserting into grooves on either side making sure wide part goes inside. Hence, nothing seeps out where it shouldn't be able.
  6. Keep all your garage door's moving parts lubricated. This will help extend its lifespan and make it work more reliably. To do this, you should spend 10 minutes every year using a spray-on type of lubricant to coat the overhead springs on both sides with an even layer; white lithium grease can also be applied to other components like the chain or screw that opens and closes it for them not to get stuck over time as well.
  7. If you're a cable-laying professional, then these tips are not for you. If your cables seem to be in good condition, but there's been an increase in tension. Lately, it could mean that the area is shifting and needs to undergo maintenance before any problems arise. In this case, call up some emergency professionals who can handle such dangerous work without risking injury or death as their number one priority!
  8. Make sure that you keep the area clean in front of your door. Make sure there is no trash on either side. You can use a level to see if things are straight and not crooked. If they are not, then you will need to hire someone to fix them for you.
  9. Check if the door is damaged. If it is, then you will need to fix it. You can check the door for problems like water damage and peeling paint. Steel doors can have some rust spots that need to be sanded, primed, and painted. It is also good to clean them with a mild cleaner. You can wash your car and clean your garage door at the same time. The garage is the area in front of your home. It should be neat and clean, just like the rest of your house.

If you feel uncomfortable, do not do the repairs yourself. You should hire someone who knows what they are doing as a certified technician.

Test Safety and Features

Modern garage doors come with three safety features. Make sure to check them regularly:

1. Check Reversal System

This safety feature has been around for the past 28 years. If your garage door senses an obstacle, then it will stop immediately and reverse in the other direction just so that nothing dangerous happens.

The mechanical safety features on your garage door are an essential part of the function and longevity. For this reason, it is important to test these features regularly so you can ensure they work correctly to protect yourself when entering or to exit through a garage door.

2.Check Motion Detector

The detector will be near the ground. It will stop if it senses something. When someone is in the way, they can't get inside. You can test this by closing your garage door and then passing your leg through when people are too close for you to be safe.

3. Check Emergency Manual Release

Cars can be a dangerous place to spend time in the event of an emergency, and if your door malfunctions during that type of incident, you'll want it open. A red handle hangs from a rope for emergencies like this-and pulling it will disconnect the opener from the garage door, so it's easy enough to escape. Make sure this is checked regularly because it's one of those important features designed just for safety!

Test Garage Door Opener Safety

Kids love pressing buttons, and that’s why many parents will hand the remote to kids so they can experience this excitement. But don't just give them complete control of it- even if you supervise their use! Kids enjoy pressing the button when adults are around, which means they're often tempted to play with it without supervision as well. You won't make sure your child doesn't press too much because some children might go overboard on certain channels or programs while others may accidentally pause something in progress or change a channel wishy-washy.

For every garage door opener, there are at least two doors to be opened. This means that if your children's friends were playing hide and seek in the house, you could unknowingly close a door they're hiding behind while opening another one for them with just one push of a button! When kids have accidents like this, it'll only cause them more distress than anything else, so keep an eye on their game time activities or get yourself some new remote controls that can open multiple doorways all from one device.

If you have children, it is important to keep your remote in a place where they cannot reach so that the temptation of using it without supervision does not become too powerful.

Conclusion

The last thing you want is for your garage door to malfunction and leave your home unprotected. Home safety tips are important, but so is having a well-functioning garage door to keep unwanted visitors out of the house. If you have an old or damaged garage door that needs repair services, give us a call now! We’ll be happy to provide affordable service options and get any problems solved as soon as possible. Our team knows what it takes to fix even the most complicated issues with precision artistry. With one phone call, we can come over and help ensure that nothing gets into your home without permission again!