5 Tips for Garage Door Safety Month
June has been named Garage Door Safety Month by the International Door Association and The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association to highlight the importance of garage door safety. Statistics indicate that nearly 77 percent of injuries occur at one’s own home, mainly because garages are often neglected for safety inspections.
We’ve put together the top garage door safety tips to keep your family safe and to prevent garage door related accidents.
1. Don’t Race Against your Garage Door
Many of us have a tendency to race the garage door as it closes or opens. Although modern garage doors have sensors that stop the door from closing when there’s something in its path, some of the older garage doors do not. Prevent injuries and teach your children to stay away from moving doors.
2. Photo Eye Sensor Check
Photo eye sensors act as a safety measure on your garage door by preventing the garage door from closing if there’s anything in the way. The sensors are located on either side of your garage door, and it’s important to test them regularly and check that they’re still functioning properly.
To check your photo eye sensors, place an object in the path of the garage door before closing it. If the garage door does not stop and automatically reverse to the opening position, this means that the photo eye sensors are either malfunctioning and require repair/servicing or they are broken and need to be replaced. Schedule an appointment with the experts at NationServe and get your sensors fixed to keep your family safe.
3. Make Your Garage Kid Friendly
Educate your little ones to stay away from garage doors when the doors are in operation. Keep the garage door opener keypads and remotes out of kids’ reach, and do not allow children to play with the controls. Also ensure that children do not place their fingers between door hinges as this can be extremely dangerous.
4. Check Springs for Wear and Tear
One of the common reasons why garage doors malfunction is because of a broken spring. The springs leverage the opening and closing of the doors by balancing the door’s weight. The average lifespan of a garage door is about six to ten years; however, ensuring that your springs are in good condition and performing routine checks will extend the life of your garage door. Worn out or broken springs can be hazardous, resulting in garage doors slamming shut or failing to open.
We always recommend that you call a professional to repair a broken spring. Attempting to fix a broken spring on your own can be dangerous and can cause injuries and further damage to the door. Reach out the experts at NationServe to get your garage door repaired.
5. Preventative Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance is an important aspect of keeping your garage door functioning at its best condition. In fact, regular maintenance and check-ups can extend the life of your garage door. An annual visit from a trained technician will help ensure your door remains trouble-free year-round. Consult the professionals at NationServe, to keep your garage door functioning at its best.
This June, keep our five tips in mind to ensure your garage door does not become a safety hazard. Not sure if your garage door in good shape? Try our Garage Door Checklist to find out if your door needs to be repaired or replaced. Get help from the professionals at NationServe or request a quote for a new garage door by choosing from our extensive selection.