Homes are a symbol for many that means family. Your garage door is just as much a part of that welcoming symbol as the roof, windows or driveway. Another part of what home inevitably means is tied to family. In order then to have a happy home it is important to keep your family safe while they are in the home. While it certainly isn’t the most dangerous place it is still important for your family, and especially your children to stay safe in their home. The garage is often the entrance, exit and hangout for many kids and adults, so we are going to go over some of the safety precautions that your children and you should know about in order to keep your family safe. Garage doors have come a long way since their original invention in terms of safety, but that doesn’t mean that ignorance is bliss. In this article you will get some information and tips on how to keep your family safe from your garage door and the automatic garage door opener. If you have more questions or just feel like you want to become more informed for your own sake then contact a garage door professional near you for some more information on garage door safety.
The first garage door safety tip is a pretty simple one. Keep the opening and closing controls from getting into the wrong hands. Garage door openers have the great feature of being able to move incredibly heavy objects at the touch of a button. However in the wrong hands that can be quite dangerous. In order to keep this from happening you should first try to make sure that your kids know that the garage door and garage door opener is not a toy. After that’s done you should also do your best keep the buttons for your garage door and the remote to your garage door opener out of your children’s reach. You can do this a number of ways, but the easiest ay is most likely to simply store your garage door remotes higher up and keep the garage door opener’s buttons higher up as well. If you keep your garage door remotes on your key chain then this is as easy as putting your keys on a hook everyday and then having your garage door’s buttons installed at a reasonable height. While teaching your children not to use the garage door opener unless it needs to be used is a good idea, so is making sure that they won’t be able to use it unless you are there to supervise.
The second tip for your garage door’s safety is to make sure that your garage door is compliant with all of the current safety laws and kept maintained. This is relatively easy to accomplish as you can simply have a garage door professional help you with both at the same time regularly. Yearly maintenance will allow your local garage door professional to keep your garage door well maintained while also making sure that you know about any new safety laws that apply to garage doors and garage door openers. This will keep the onus off of you for keeping your garage door as safe as it can be and make things much more stress free for you as a homeowner. You could of course do this on your own, doing research on garage door maintenance and new safety policies, but this is really a waste of your time when it is something that your local garage door professional will already be keeping themselves abreast of and will know how to do. A garage door professional will be able to make sure that your garage door and the garage door opener in your home are as safe as they should be and are in the best possible condition for your home whenever they come by. This means that you can rest easy that your garage door is safe until the next time they come around or something goes awry.
While your local garage door professional can make sure your garage door is up to all of the latest safety needs that are out there that doesn’t mean that you can neglect the other safety measure that you should know about your garage door. Talk to your garage door professional and ask a few questions as to what you can do in order to make sure that you are using your garage door properly and safely. They will also be able to tell you how to test for yourself at times to make sure that various safety features are working correctly. Everything from checking that that red light is on when it should be green to doing manual tests on a garage door that may in fact be dangerous for your family to operate. This will keep you well equipped for those times when you may not want to call your local garage door professional, but still want to be absolutely sure that your home is as safe and secure as it can be.
Your garage door and the entire garage door opener system are designed to make your home safer and more convenient for you. That is why keeping your garage door safe for you and your family is so important. Otherwise the whole idea of the garage door and garage door opener is kind of self defeating. Keeping your family safe is always going to be one of your top priorities so it makes sense that you would want to know how to best utilize your garage door and the garage door opener safely. Depending on the make up of your family you will be able to decide on when and who you can trust with the use of your garage door, but it is important that everyone in your family understand how the garage door works and why it can be so dangerous. It is also equally important that all of the safety features that you paid for and got installed are doing their jobs to keep you and your family safe, so make sure that you test them every so often and keep them in good working condition as well.