Garage Door Safety Tips – Keep Your Family Safe and Your Home Secure

Aug 23, 2017

Your garage provides many added conveniences to your home, such as storage, a place to complete projects and extra living space, as well as a secure place to park your car. Like anything with moving parts, your garage door can potentially be a safety hazard if not properly operated and maintained, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple safety tips and making sure your family understands them will keep everyone safe.

Owners Manual

Yes, you need to read it. Understanding the proper use of your garage door and opener will not only keep you and your family safe, it will extend the lifespan of both.

Adults Only

Children should never be allowed to operate or play with a garage door opener. Make sure that when the remote is not in use, it is stored out of reach. Explain to your children that the opener is not a toy and they could be hurt if they try and use it.

Watch Your Fingers

When cleaning, painting or operating your garage door manually, be careful not to place fingers between door sections. If you have small children in the home, explain that their fingers could get caught in between the panels and get pinched. You may also want to consider a garage door with panels that can’t pinch, such as Hormann Doors with FingerGuard™ section joints and hinges. These features not only prevent finger injuries, they also provide an airtight seal.

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Close Door Completely

Whether your garage door is automatic or operates manually, never leave it partially open. If automatic, when it is activated again, it may travel downward instead of opening up completely. It could come in contact with an object or person in its path. If your garage door is older and operates manually, it will not be truly secure unless it is opened all the way and stored safely in the overhead tracks or completely closed. Leaving an older door partially open can subject you to the hazards of it unexpectedly closing on its own.

Home Security

You should never leave your garage door opener in your car, even if it is parked in a lot where there is an attendant. Getting access to your home by stealing the opener or your car has become a trend recently in home invasions. Consider using a keychain remote, especially if your garage door opener is programmed to your vehicle. Also, always keep the entry door to your home inside your garage locked when you are not there.

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When going on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or utilize the vacation lock security switch if your unit has one. This an optional accessory on most openers which will render them useless. This will help keep your home safe from intruders while you’re enjoying your vacation.

Some models have rolling code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used. This helps prevent code grabbing. If your opener doesn’t have rolling code technology, change the standard manufacturer access code on the opener and remote control.

Garage Door Opener Upgrade

In some instances, the best safety tip is an upgrade. Technology is constantly evolving, making new safety features available. If your garage door or the opener is old and outdated, it’s probably time to consider replacements.

Toms River Door and Window Company prides itself on experience, craftsmanship and a deep commitment to customer service. An authorized dealer of Hormann garage doors and Liftmaster garage door openers, we can help you choose the right replacement garage door and opener for your home and provide you with professional garage door installation. All of this will improve the improve the safety and security of your home. Contact us today for a free estimate.