A garage door is typically the largest mechanical device in your home, yet many people underestimate the danger it poses. To help keep you and your family safe, Boulder Garage Door would like to offer you a few garage door safety tips. You’ll see that while a big heavy garage door can pose a significant danger, it’s quite easy to avoid the risk with a little effort.
- Don’t try to beat the door. What do we mean by beating the door? Starting the mechanism and then running out under the door before it closes all the way. To a child, it sounds like a fun game. To an adult, it sounds easier and faster than going out and around. Whatever the reason, it’s dangerous, so don’t do it!
Sure, modern safety sensors have been added to garage doors to keep them from closing on a person or animal, significantly reducing the number of injuries. However, that doesn’t mean you should rely on them to work 100% of the time. While they lessen the risk of injury or accident, playing with a dangerous piece of heavy equipment is just asking for trouble.
- Go to the pros for repairs. It may seem like a garage door is a simple piece of equipment, but it’s actually quite complicated. Because the door is so heavy, one mistake could lead to serious injury. Plus, it could also be dangerous later if an amateur fix fails at the wrong time. Preventing a possibly tragic occurrence is worth the amount of money spent on professional services.
- Don’t touch joints and tracks. This is one of the most important garage door safety tips because it leads to one of the most common injuries caused by automatic garage doors. Getting hands or fingers near the joints or tracks puts you at risk of a nasty pinch or crushed bones. If something seems to be wrong with your opener or door, don’t try to MacGyver it yourself unless you’re at peace with potentially losing a finger or your hand. Instead, see tip #2.
- Immediately repair any broken windows on your garage door. A broken garage door window is very hazardous and not something to be taken lightly. It should be treated like a broken window in your home to ensure your safety, security and energy efficiency.
These windows on your garage door are under greater stress because of the frequent raising and lowering of the door. So, even if a window is only cracked and hasn’t broken completely yet, do not ignore it or put off repairs. It could shatter at any moment, causing damage to a vehicle or possibly injuring you or a family member.
Want to know more? Our friendly team at Boulder Garage Door will be happy to answer any questions that you might have about our garage door safety tips. And if you’re experiencing any issues with your garage door or windows, let us know right away. We can send someone out to take a look, spare your fingers and make any necessary repairs. Simply call or contact us for an appointment.