We’re so used to having a garage door attached to our home that it’s become second nature when using it. I bet you hardly even think about it as you hit your garage door remote to open or close it.
There’s no doubt about it – a garage door is an incredibly useful thing to have. But make no mistakes – it can be dangerous and unforgiving in an accident.
Think about when your parents told you not to stand near the stove or keep your hands away from the pot of boiling water. It’s things like this that instill good habits upon our children. If you have children or you’ve likely educated them on safety with things like buckling up in the car or not talking to strangers.
Here’s another thing you should include in your family safety talks: the garage door.
Take a look at these important factors:
1) Garage Door Weight
On average, your garage door weighs between 100lb to 400lb. It doesn’t seem heavy but that’s only because the springs on the garage help counterbalance the weight. You seriously don’t want something this heavy falling on you.
2) Metal Garage Door Parts
The interior of your garage door has many exposed metal parts. These parts can easily sever a limb, so it’s important not to tamper with them unless you know what you’re doing.
Your panel is held up by well-functioning parts. If your garage door parts degrade or if your panel goes off track, then your door could come crashing down.
Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe Around a Garage Door
If you have children in the house, you should set some clear expectations on the garage. While a child may consider the remote to a garage door a fun toy, it truly isn’t. Young children should be restricted from opening and closing the door on their own.
Regardless of who uses the door, make sure everyone understands never to stand under or near a door while it’s opening or closing. While it may be tempting to duck under the door if you’re impatient, this is ill-advised. If the door fails, it could crush the person underneath.
In addition, you should never walk away from the door until it has completely closed or opened. Many homeowners are in the habit of closing the door and driving away or entering their home while it’s still operating. If a small child or animal runs underneath, you would never know or be able to stop it in time. Always observe the door while it’s moving and be prepared to stop it at any time.
While garage doors do have a reversal mechanism, this should ONLY be considered a last-resortd. Not all garage doors have a perfectly tuned reversal. It may put out too much pressure or not reverse at all, so you shouldn’t rely on the automatic reversal.
This also applies to your garage door sensors. While they’re designed to stop operation if someone is in the way or walks through, they’re not perfect.
Lastly, always have your garage door inspected and tuned up at least a few times a year. This will help keep you and your family safe and also catch problems before they occur.