Your garage door is an essential component of your home; it safeguards your home against any trespassers and protects all your belongings stored within the garage. However, garage doors are also responsible for thousands of injuries every year due to lack of maintenance. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 15,000 cases of injuries from garage doors are brought in emergency every year.
For you and your family’s safety, we have rounded up three garage safety tips based on the guidelines provided by the IDA (International Door Association) and DASMA (Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association).
Test the Safety Sensors on Regular Basis
Safety sensors are typically installed on the rails of your garage door, nearly six inches above the ground. These sensors keep garage doors from closing, if they sense any movement under the door.
To check if your sensors are working properly, push the closing button on the remote control to close the door. Before the door shuts, quickly place a long broom or a stick in front of the sensor. If the door immediately stops and reverses, your sensors are good to go.
Keep Entry Passwords Secret
Many garage door companies have systems that work with one-time codes. One-time codes come in handy when you’re not home and a package needs to be delivered, while user-specific codes can be given to important friends and family members that you trust. These codes enable you to provide one time access to a trusted individual. There are also several smartphone applications that can be connected with your garage door’s lock for remote locking/unlocking.
Also, it’s important to make your kids aware that they must not share the password with anyone without asking for your permission.
Watch Your Hands
According to National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), in 7,500 cases of garage door accidents, the injuries were caused due to fingers getting caught in the joints between the door panels when it’s closing. It’s important to teach your kids some safety rules to keep them safe when they’re around garage doors. Many latest garage doors have a pinch protection feature that minimizes the risk of severe hand injuries.
If your garage door doesn’t meet the recent safety standards, or is damaged beyond repair, get in touch with R&Q Overhead Doors. We offer top-quality garage door services in Clayton, including garage door installations, replacements, repair, tune-ups and much more.
If you live in Clayton, Danville, Piedmont, Moraga or surrounding areas, contact us at 9258132413 or book their services online.