Garage Door Safety Tips

Your home and yard are not the only places that need safety measures. Garages can also be a dangerous place if safety precautions are not taken. Your garage door in particular needs extra safety attention.

It is important to take safety precautions with your garage car door. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently stated that 4 children a year, on average, are killed by car doors. Don’t take the risk of injuries happening to anyone in your family.

Garage doors can crush children if not maintained properly. Car doors are easily the heaviest and largest doors you have. Injuries can quickly happen if safety precautions are not taken.

To avoid having the door crush anyone, check your door’s ability to open and close correctly. Be sure that the door reverses when it touches something before it hits the ground, and if it doesn’t then replace it. Garage door openers are a very important safety tool and should be replaced every 5 years to be most effective.

Garage doors can also pinch fingers. Most garage doors have been fitted with automatic door openers which help against children’s fingers getting pinched from having to close the door on your own. You can also find garage doors that are designed to push smaller limbs or fingers out of the way when the door closes.

Garage doors also use springs to move the heavy door. These hefty springs will eventually wear down and break. This can potentially cause serious injury to those that may be inside the garage, or cause damage to your car.

To avoid harm from a broken spring try preventative measures before it can happen. When your car door is closed, thread hanging wire through the spring and secure it tightly. That way, if the spring does break it will stay on the wire and won’t go flying.

It’s no surprise that such a large, heavy piece of equipment can be a source of injuries. Garage doors can be a main source of injuries, so take the time to inspect it to make sure it is working correctly. If you find it is not working correctly, or is an older model, replace and correct it as soon as you can.