• Garage Door Safety Tips

    A garage is a welcome addition to any home. Garages provide storage, a safe place to park your vehicle, and add to the security of your home. Due to their size and the way they operate, garage doors are associated with a number of safety risks as well. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your family safe by paying attention to the condition of your garage door and using it wisely and safely. The following tips can help keep your family safe around your garage door.

    • Garage door openers are not toys; make sure to keep them out of the reach of small children. Don’t let kids play with any aspect of the garage door and don’t let them play under or near where the door opens and closes.

    • Read your owner’s manual to learn how to use the emergency release feature.

    • Each month take time to visually inspect the garage door including cables, springs, rollers, and pulleys. Look for signs of wear. Avoid trying to repair anything but call in a professional.

    • You can test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism. Place a 2 x 4 or a roll of paper towels in the garage door’s path and push the button to close it. The door should reverse after it contacts the item.

    • Keep your garage door fully opened or closed at all times. A partially open door may travel downward even if there’s an object in its path.

    • Use a vacation lock or unplug the garage door opener unit when you’ll be out of town.

    • Avoid leaving your remote control in your vehicle or with a parking attendant.

    • Teach your kids to never race under a moving garage door and set a good example by never standing or walking under a moving garage door.

    • Have your garage door inspected annually by a professional to make sure everything is working properly.

    To schedule a garage door inspection or maintenance give Guardian Garage Door Service Inc. a call at 609-693-8040 .