Anything mechanical has the possibility of being a safety hazard, and your automatic garage door is no exceptions. Like most people, you probably want to do everything you can to keep your home and family safe and secure. Since your garage door is likely a point of entry for your home, and you and your family likely use it regularly, you should show it the same care and concern your show any other door in your home, and maybe more. Read on for five safety tips for your automatic garage door.
Perform Safety Checks
When your garage door is first installed you should (and likely did) perform a safety check to make sure everything is running smoothly. You should continue to do this type of check periodically so that you can be aware of small hiccups in the way the door is functioning before those hiccups become big problems.
Fix Glass Promptly
Would you leave a cracked or broken window unfixed in your house? Most people would not, but they don’t think twice about putting off fixing the broken or cracked window on the garage door. A broken window is dangerous because broken glass can harm people and damage vehicles. Even just a crack in the window makes it more likely to break entirely, especially when the door is being used.
Hire A Professional For Repairs
Modern garage doors are more complicated than they may seem from the outside. There is an interesting mix of mechanical and electrical components, and if something has gone wrong, you should get a professional out to fix it. The odds are good that if you try to fix it yourself, you will likely make the problem worse.
Stay Away From Joints And Tracks
There are many things in the world that you just shouldn’t touch and the joints and tracks of your garage door are on that list. Every year, over 7000 people pinch or crush their hands in the garage door tracks and joints, however. Make a point to never play with or touch them, and teach your kids not to as well.
Never Race The Door
Finally, the number one thing you should never do is race the door. If it is closing, let it finish and then open it back up to go back in. This is very important to teach children, as well, as racing the door easily becomes a game. While garage door safety sensors have improved, they are not foolproof, and people have been seriously injured and even killed by their doors.
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