Tips to Keep Your Garage Safe

Garages can be one of the most hazardous areas of the house, full of sharp tools and nasty chemicals. You’ve no doubt thought about protecting your family from these dangers, but did you know that garage doors need just as much consideration when it comes to safety?

Here are our top tips for making sure your garage door is a danger-free zone for your house.

Remote Control Safety

Always make sure the remote control that opens your garage door is out of the reach of small children. Don’t ever let children play with garage door remote controls.

Emergency Release Can Save a Life

Consult the garage door owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature – it could save a life, and you’d be surprised how many people don’t even know this feature exists.

Inspect Your Door Regularly

Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairer must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

Monthly Tests

Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener is an older model without auto-reverse as a standard feature, seriously consider upgrading.

hand opening garage door with remote control

Educate Your Kids

Explain the potential dangers of the garage door to your kids. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

Always Fully Close the Door

Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

Staying Secure When on Vacation

While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

Guard Your Remote Control

Never leave your remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for to pay for safety and peace of mind.

Garage Doors are trained qualified professionals in the garage door business. If you would like to hear more about garage door safety, or if you have any questions, simply call us on (08) 6323 1262 or contact us online

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