A well-ventilated, large garage is a bonus on any house. The storage for tools, toys and, of course, cars can make life a little easier, but there also are garage-related safety concerns to keep in mind.
First of all, garage doors serve as another way for criminals to enter your home. Making sure they are properly locked and safeguarded is key to ensuring your family’s safety.
Garage doors also can serve as a potential safety threat to small children and pets, who can be crushed under the weight of a heavy door that is accidentally closed.
In order to keep children safe from garage doors, it is best to keep remote controls and other control buttons away from them. Teach children never to play with them and to never to place their fingers between door sections.
In case of a crisis situation, it is good to know how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. This knowledge can be a major factor in avoiding injury during an accident.
You can stay ahead of potential garage door issues by visually inspecting the door every month. Take a close look at all of the door parts, including the springs, cables and pulleys for signs of distress.
If you notice something amiss, it’s probably best to call a trained repairman to make adjustments. Springs and pulleys that are improperly attached can fly off during repair, sending a dangerous projectile in the air.
Criminals may target homes if they know the owners are on vacation, and the garage may be the place they start.
Many openers come equipped with rolling-code technology, which automatically changes the access code each time the opener is used. This helps prevent code-grabbing, a type of electronic infiltration that thieves can utilize to freely enter garage doors.
It is up to you before a vacation to unplug the garage door unit or use a vacation lock that eliminates the chance of any opener working on your door.