Apart from being the entrance to the place you park your vehicle, (and maybe store your tools and sports equipment as well) a garage door acts as a massive, mechanical entrance way into your home. Preventable accidents and burglaries involving garage doors happen way too often, mostly as a result of complacency.
Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure your home’s garage door doesn’t compromise your family’s safety, or present a weak point in your home security.
Here are the top 10 security and safety hints for garage doors:
- Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism once a month. To do this, place an object in the path of your home’s garage door as it is closing. The door should reverse immediately upon contact. If it doesn’t do so the auto-reverse sensor is not working and needs immediate repair or replacement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission passed regulations in 1993 stating that all garage door openers must have a working auto-reverse sensor to prevent children and pets from being injured.
- A garage door should be examined on a monthly basis. Check for any damage to the pulleys, cables, rollers or springs. Never attempt to work on these parts yourself, or any items connected to them. The mechanisms are under extreme tension and only a certified garage door technician should attend to them. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has a team of trained technicians that can replace or repair any part of a garage door.
- The internal door, giving access to your home, should be kept locked. While this may seem inconvenient, the added protection for you and your family makes it well worthwhile.
- Children should not be allowed to play with garage door remote controls. Make sure your controller is kept out of their reach.
- Install sensor lights around your garage entrance to scare away intruders.
- Make sure you and your family know how to use the emergency release for your home’s garage door. There should be a cord hanging from the opener’s motor.
- Intruders can get into your home by breaking into your car and stealing the remote door controller. Don’t keep your controller in an unoccupied car. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can provide you with a keychain remote.
- You should never use the manufacturer’s access codes on the remote control or opener if they are not equipped with rolling-code technology.
- Disconnect the power supply to your home’s garage door whenever you know you will be away for a few days. Alternatively, you can have a switch installed to lock the control console when you are absent for a while.
- Don’t leave your home’s garage door open for lengthy periods of time, even when you are at home. Thieves will scope out neighborhoods during the day and they come back to any that look promising. If the garage door is open, you could be showing off your valuables to someone who intends stealing them.