Posted: August 25, 2015
The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that between 20,000 and 30,000 people visit emergency rooms each year for garage related injuries.
The average weight of a garage door is 400 pounds, making it a very heavy and large moving object that should be handled carefully. Unfortunately, many people take the safety of their garage door for granted. Summer can see a rise in the usage of your garage door due to summer clear outs or retrieving summer products such as bbqs, pools, and lawn mowers out of storage. Summer also means that your children are around the house more, and reports show that children are definitely more susceptible to garage door injuries, so it’s important to make them aware of the possible dangers – and how to avoid them.
Here at JB Doors, we have put together the top 5 garage door safety tips so that you and your family can avoid any accidents:
1. Guard your remote
If your child can’t reach the control, they can’t play with it and potentially cause an accident. We recommend mounting your control at least 5 feet high. You should also explain to your child that this remote is not a toy.
2. Do not allow children to play under or near the garage door
Children can see running under the moving door as a game. This behaviour should be discouraged as a fault in the springs or mechanisms could fault and the door could drop suddenly on to your child. Watch the door until it is fully closed to ensure your children aren’t in danger. This rule applies to you too! Be a role model for your children – if they see you running under the door they’ll mimic your behaviour.
3. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables
These are extremely tensioned and can cause severe injury. Always get a professional to work on your garage door as specialist tools are needed to adjust the springs.
4. Regular maintenance checks
By getting your garage regularly checked and maintained you’ll ensure that your garage door lasts as long as possible, and you’ll rest easy knowing that your door is fully functional and safe. You can test your garage door’s reversing mechanism by placing an object in it’s path. If the door does not reverse after making contact with the object, contact a professional for an immediate repair. Inspect your garage door for signs of wear.
5. Know how to use the emergency release
In case the worst does happen, you need to know how to use the emergency release as soon as possible to prevent any injuries becoming worse, or even fatal. Your emergency release is required by law. It is a red and white cord with a red handle and is attached to your garage door opener – make sure you locate yours.
If you’re looking for a checkup or repair on your garage door, JB Doors can put your mind to rest. Our qualified team of technicians provide a very thorough and quick service, so contact us today.