Your garage door adds convenience to your home life, acts as a storage space and keeps your car safe from weather. But the garage door also poses a potential danger. Thousands of people are injured every year from garage doors. It’s important to know what risks they pose and how to avoid potential injuries.
Follow our garage door safety tips below to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe at home.
Garage Door Safety Tips
1. Routinely Test the Safety Sensors
It’s most likely that your garage door already has safety sensors. All garage doors made after 1991 have a feature where, if the door touches anything, it reverses. This feature helps prevent injury because if a person or animal were to walk under the door, the door would not keep going down.
Make sure you frequently check that this feature still works properly. Garage doors will need repairs over time, but you definitely want to be aware as soon as possible if the safety sensors are not working.
To test your garage door’s safety sensor, first open the garage door. Place a soft object under the middle of it and try closing the garage door. When the door touches the object, it should stop and then go back up. If the sensors are no longer working, you should call a professional to repair it as soon as possible. Make sure your entire family is also aware. Until the door is fixed, closely watch the door when you close it to make sure nothing gets in the way.
2. Don’t Share Entry Passwords
Having a keypad to open your garage door is a great feature because it can be used in the case of an emergency. If you or your kids forget the house key, you can still get safely inside. However, you should not share entry passwords with others.
The only people who need to know your garage door’s entry password are the people living in your home. If you have immediate family members living in the area, you could give them the passcode. However, the more people who know the password, the less effective it will be.
It’s very important to teach your kids not to share the passcode with anyone. Make sure they understand that you, the parent, are the one who decides who knows the password.
3. Teach Your Kids Garage Safety
When your kids are old enough, make sure you teach them how to use the garage door properly and how to avoid getting hurt by it. Here are a few simple lessons to teach your kids to keep them safe around the garage door:
- The garage door is not a toy.
- Before closing the garage door, make sure no one is standing in the way.
- Always close the garage door if there is no one outside.
- Don’t tell anyone, including friends, the entry password.
These lessons are a good starting point to have a program about garage door safety with your kids.
4. Read Through the Manual
When you installed your garage door, it should have come with a manual. This booklet will teach you how to properly use the different functions of your garage door.
This book is a great resource to learn how to use your garage door safely. It can also be a good place to start if something isn’t working properly. You may be able to figure out how to fix something yourself with the manual. By doing so, you can avoid hiring a professional who ends up doing a simple fix but still charges you for their time.
5. Don’t Leave the Doors Partially Open
At some point, you’ve probably noticed homes that keep their garage door open about a foot. This can help keep the garage (and also the rest of your home) cooler and let pets (especially cats) get back inside easily. But keeping your garage door open also poses a threat.
Wild animals may slip into your garage looking for food or shelter. An animal could cause a good amount of damage to your garage and the items you store there.
A burglar will see a slightly open garage door as an opportunity. They may think that at some point, you may forget to close the garage door the rest of the way and keep an eye on your home. If you ever do forget to close it, that person could get inside and steal valuables from your home.
You can avoid all of these potential dangers by simply keeping the garage door closed when no one is outside.
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