June, the official start of summer, means more activity around the house. It’s also Garage Door Safety Month. Every June, the International Door Association (IDA) and Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) push safety as a focus for garage door owners. Overhead Door is a member of both organizations and is a proponent of making homeowners aware of garage door safety. That’s because even though using a garage door may seem like second nature to most homeowners, it’s still the largest piece of moving, mechanical equipment in the home, which means there are safety and security issues that need to be kept in mind.
In celebration of Garage Door Safety Month, here are some easy steps to take to ensure your garage door continues to operate safely and efficiently, not just in June, but year-round:
- Test garage door movement: Whether the garage door is old or new, a checkup is needed to be sure that the door is balanced on its tracks, is able to reverse smoothly, and has no sign of damage, loose cables or worn out functions.
- Test garage door safety features: Use a basketball or a paper towel roll to test the garage door’s auto stop and reverse function by rolling it under the door while the door is moving. If the garage door is properly functioning, it should immediately stop and reverse when the basketball interrupts the photoelectric safety beams. If not, the door needs to be repaired right away.
- Educate children on proper garage door function and safety: Curiosity can lead to injury, so explaining and showing how the garage door operates and the safe way to use it can go a long way toward keeping them safe. Also, remember to keep garage door remotes away from small children
Keep your children safe in your garage. Photo from: http://www.garagedoorcare.com/garage-door-safety.html
- Learn to use the emergency garage door release feature: Designed to allow you to open your garage door even if your garage door opener stops working, the emergency release can even help save a life if the worst-case scenario occurs. If you are unsure how to use this feature, refer to your owner’s manual.
- Don’t leave your garage door open: Leaving your garage door wide open, even when you’re at home, is an advertisement for thieves to take inventory of what’s in your garage and come back later. Additionally, leaving your garage door open, even if it’s a small crack, can allow rodents and stray animals to take up residence in your garage.
- Keep the garage well-lit and organized: A well-lit and organized garage is a safe garage because you won’t be tripping over tools and toys in the dark. Be sure there is a separate light aside from the automatic light that turns on when the door opens and shuts.
- Make repairs promptly: For many homeowners, the garage door is the most often used entrance to the home, which means it’s important to have your door repaired quickly if anything goes wrong. If you find there are issues with your door, call your local Overhead Door distributor at 1-800-929-DOOR for repairs and inspections, or click here to find the distributor near you.
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