Garage Door Safety Month 2018
To recognize the importance of garage door safety, June has been declared Garage Door Safety Month by the International Door Association (IDA) and Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA). Considering the garage door is often the most-used gateway to and from the home, it’s important to bring awareness to the potential dangers garage doors and automatic opener systems can cause if they’re not kept in proper working condition.
Here is a roundup of some of the industry’s best tips to keep you, your family and your property safe this summer:
1. Monthly Inspections and Tests
One of the most important actions you can take to prevent garage door related injuries is to visually inspect the garage door for any signs of wear and tear. Examine the garage door’s springs, cables, rollers and pulleys, and if you do notice damage, do not attempt to repair cables or springs yourself. These parts are tightly wound and under high tension. If they break free and strike someone, it can cause serious injuries. Always play it safe and contact an Overhead Door™ Distributor to inspect or repair the damaged parts.
You should also test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2x4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the board, call an Overhead Door™ Distributor for professional repair.
2. Do Not Allow Children to Play With Garage Door Remote Controls
Seeing as the garage door is often the heaviest and largest moving object in the home, it’s important to keep the garage door remote controls out of the hands of children. The best practice is to mount the garage door opener control button at least five feet from the floor. At this height, it will be inaccessible to children and adults will have a clear view of the door.
3. Watch Fingers Between Door Sections
If you have a garage door that opens manually, make sure to never place fingers between door sections. Consider adding pinch-resistant door panels to help prevent accidents.
4. Take the Garage Door Opener Out of the Car
One of the most commons ways criminals break into someone’s house is by stealing the garage door remote. You can help prevent this by taking it with you whenever you leave your vehicle. With its small size and convenient lanyard, the Overhead Door™ Brand’s
2-Button LED Flashlight garage door remote makes it very convenient for homeowners to store it in a purse, pocket or backpack, reducing the chances of it being stolen.
(2-Button LED Flashlight Remote)
5. Invest in Smart Garage Door Technology
OHD Anywhere®, an application that allows homeowners to monitor or control their garage doors remotely via an Apple® iPhone or Android phone or device, homeowners can check if their garage door is open, closed or if someone is attempting to operate the garage door without permission. It even offers the added security benefit of keeping a log of all uses of the garage door with dates and times. With OHD Anywhere®, garage doors will never accidentally be left open because homeowners can check the status through their smartphone app and safely close the door.
Take advantage of Garage Door Safety Month and schedule an annual visit from any of our authorized
Overhead Door™ Distributors to keep your door functioning safely.