10 Garage Door Safety and Security Tips

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A garage door is one of the largest moving objects in any home and as such a good reason to always make sure that it is in proper working order. Garage doors are also one of the weak points in a home and are often used by burglars as entry points.

This is why it is important not only to ensure the safe use of garage doors in any home but to also make sure they are secure. Here are 10 tips you should follow in your own home.

You should always ensure the garage door opener is out of reach of children. Children love to play with moving objects and something as big and challenging like a garage door will definitely be fascinating to them. Playing with a garage door can be very dangerous so make sure they have no access to the door opener.

Avoid placing your fingers between any of the door sections. If the garage door happens to close when your fingers are in-between these sections you can end up with crushed fingers. You should explain all the dangers to your kids and install pinch resistant door panels for extra protection.

Never leave the garage door open. This is an open invitation to a burglar to come in and take something. No matter how safe you may think your neighborhood is, ensure that you close the door. Remember, criminals case through the "safe" neighborhoods looking for weak points.

If you plan to go away for a while then it would be prudent for you to unplug the door opener unit. You can also make use of wall lock console security switches. These switches render any remotes unusable making it hard for anyone to gain access into your home through the garage.

Many garage doors have reverse mechanisms as a safety feature and you should test these mechanisms on a monthly basis. Place a board on the door's path and check to see if it reverses once it touches the board. If it doesn't call a technician to look at the door.

Do a visual inspection of the door periodically. Look at the springs, rollers, cables and pulleys for any signs of wear and tear. If you aren't trained to do so, you should not try to remove any of these components since they are normally under high tension.

Read through the user manual carefully and know how to make use of the door's emergency release. You will then be able to manually open or close the door in case of a power outage. Consult with you garage door seller before buying doors and try to fin the most reputable garage door makers near you.

You should not leave the remote control in your car. If the remote is stolen then you will be susceptible to a house break-in. Carry the remote with you if you are giving the car to a valet parking attendant. It may seem like an inconvenience but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Try not to leave the door open even partially. When activated it may come down on any objects in its path and crush them. This is also a security risk as burglars can simply use it to get inside your home.

Regular scheduled maintenance of garage doors should not be neglected. The manufacturer usually recommends home owners to have their door checked after a certain period of time and you should follow these recommendations. Failure to do so may lead to damage of property or even injury.