For many households, the garage door is the main point of entry into the home. Garages can be used for many purposes other than just parking your car. Some of them are:
- Bike shop
- Game Room / Play Room
- Even a “Man Cave”
- Craft Room
Garage doors weigh several hundred pounds and have over 300 moving parts, so it is very important to learn a little bit about them. They can be a safety hazard if you don’t! Since 1990, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of about 20,000 people visit the emergency room per year for garage door related injuries. A little knowledge about garage safety can go a long way in protecting you and your family from becoming one of the statistics. Here are a few safety rules that you and your family should know in order to help keep you safe around your garage:
- Test the garage door’s reversing mechanism monthly to make sure it is operating properly – If it is not, the door could cause damage to your car, or even worse, a child or pet that accidently gets caught in the path of the closing door.
- Be sure that the wall panel controls are installed at least five feet up from the floor in order to keep them out of the reach of small children. – Accidents can happen if children play with the controls to the garage door opener.
- Also be sure to keep the remote garage door openers out of the reach of small children. – Teach your children about the dangers of playing with the garage door opener.
- Does your wall control have rolling access code functionality? – Homes can be broken into by thieves who use a universal remote to find the access code to garage door openers. Rolling access code technology changes the code of your automatic opener after each time it is used.
These are just a few garage door safety points that you and your family should know. If you have any questions, give Sears Garage Doors, Openers and Repairs at (509) 795-3834 or visit our website by clicking here.