Each year during the month of June we celebrate National Garage Door Safety month. This year we compiled a list of 30 Garage Door Safety Tips to promote the importance of garage door safety, after all the garage door is the largest moving wall in your home. Because of the size and complexity of the operation of a garage door we need to keep ourselves along with our two and four legged family members safe when opening and closing our garage doors.
Safety Tip #1
When you move into a new home make sure you reprogram your keypad & remotes. You never know who may have another remote to enter your home with.
Safety Tip #2
See if your garage door is balanced, pull the emergency release cord, lift door the door halfway up, if it rolls down you need to have your door adjusted.
Safety Tip #3
Hide your remote in your car, never leave it in plain view. A criminal can break out a window grab the remote and your insurance card then rob your home.
Safety Tip #4
1 in 15 garage doors may lack the latest safety features check your garage door for the needed photo sensors that detect if there is anything in the path of the door.
Safety Tip #5
Block the photo eye with an object over 6 inches tall, and press the Garage Door Opener’s close button. The door should not close.
Safety Tip #6
Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches high on the ground in the door’s path, and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.
Safety Tip #7
Never try to beat the garage door closing. It is the largest moving wall in your house. After all, you don’t want to have to explain your injury in the Emergency Room. 😉
Safety Tip #8
You change your AC’s air filter regularly, you should also inspect your garage door and opener for worn parts to insure safe operations.
Safety Tip #9
When using the pushbutton or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely stops moving. Teach children never to play under or near an open garage door.
Safety Tip #10
The pushbutton wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts.
Safety Tip #11
Do Not let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children, this includes both the 2 and 4 legged kids.
Safety Tip #12
Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury or death.
Safety Tip #13
Does your garage door make loud noises when operated? This could be a symptom of warn parts and could be hazardous to you and or your vehicle.
Safety Tip #14
Don’t leave your garage door partially open. This impacts the home’s security. Plus next time you activate your opener, it may close and come in contact with objects in its path.
Safety Tip #15
While on vacation, use the lock button on the wall console to keep the remotes locked which renders remotes unusable.
Safety Tip #16
Always double check that the garage door is open before putting your car in gear. It is bad for both the garage door and your car.
Safety Tip #17
Never start your car before opening the garage door. Vehicles emit exhaust gases which can be deadly. These gases can also enter your home and effect others.
Safety Tip #18
Lock the door between your garage and your house. This might be a hassle but it increases the security if a thief does manage to open your garage door.
Safety Tip #19
Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – This will allow you to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door.
Safety Tip #20
Your garage door is not a substitute for a ride at Six Flags, don’t let your kids ride the door when it is operating. Serious injury or death can occur.
Safety Tip #21
Change the code on your garage door opener and the remotes regularly. And if you have never changed the code, now would be a good time to change it from the factory default.
Safety Tip #22
Switch your remote from the old “clip on the visor” style to a keychain style for added security. Since you are no longer leaving a remote in your car, a thief can’t steal your mote.
Safety Tip #23
Don’t store brooms, shovels and other items next to the tracks of your garage door. This can case serious damage to your garage door and potentially injury you or a family member.
Safety Tip #24
Don’t use the slide latch to lock your door and then try to open the door with the opener. This will cause damage to the gears and other moving parts of the Garage Door Opener.
Safety Tip #25
To keep pest and other unwanted critters out of your garage, add or update the weather stripping on your garage door.
Safety Tip #26
A common issue with the garage door opener not functioning properly is dirt and cobwebs on the eye of the sensors. Clean them regularly with a soft cloth.
Safety Tip #27
In the event that your garage door gets off track, don’t chance injury to yourself or your car call an expert and don’t touch or try to fix the garage door yourself.
Safety Tip #28
1 in 15 garage doors are missing safety features like track sensors according to the International Door Association. Don’t chance it check it.
Safety Tip #29
Cut the red handle off the emergency release cord. This will prevent a burglar from using a clothes hanger to catch and release the cord to gain access to your garage.
Safety Tip #30
Watch the garage door close all the way before you leave the drive way. This will insure that your garage is safe and secure.