The holidays are time best spent with family and friends. Getting over the river and through the woods is half of the battle. The other is having peace of mind that your home and property are protected as you are out and about. Since the garage door is oftentimes the largest and most used entry point of the home, we wanted to provide some safety tips so you can enjoy eggnog and fruitcake at this time of year.
Think twice before storing items in your garage for the winter. Flammable liquids like gasoline, propane and paints can be dangerous if improperly stored. It’s important to keep flammable liquids in small amounts to avoid garage fires, according to Safety.com.
Prevent fires and decrease the risk of an electrical shock with the proper use of extension cords, and be sure to never use a frayed extension cord, recommends Prevention.com. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your garage, and routinely change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your garage.
Taking precautions in case of power outages or other unplanned events can also aid home and garage safety. The Overhead Door Battery Back-up accessory provides added security and peace of mind in case of a power outage.
Protect the Garage
A quality garage door can keep your home and garage safe as well as provide added thermal efficiency. Our Thermacore® insulated garage doors provide maximum protection from the elements with a bulb-type bottom weather seal and polyurethane insulation. This added protection will help keep your garage and home warm and safe. The Overhead Door Odyssey and Destiny garage openers provide additional safety, both featuring Sure-Lock™ which disables the remote’s access to the garage for security when away for extended times.
Protect Your Home
Whether you are traveling for a few days or a month, it’s important to take extra steps to keep your home safe while you are away. Independent Traveler shares tips such as stopping your mail, removing a spare key from outside your home and asking a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home to prevent break-ins.
When getting ready for the winter or to leave on vacation, creating a checklist can help keep your home and family safe and organized. Identify the areas of your garage and home to review before leaving, and then refer to your customized checklist to ensure everything is ready so you can enjoy your trip.
What tips do you have to keep your home and garage safe and secure for winter or while you are away? Comment in the comment section and we’ll share your tips on social media. Happy Holidays from everyone at Overhead Door!