A garage door provides several benefits. It protects your garage, vehicles, and personal belongings from theft and elements. It provides the convenience of entering your Lafayette home with just a push of a button. Plus, it enhances the curb appeal of your house. Considering all these benefits, you might not even consider it being a risk to your safety.
Most people do not think about the danger presented by a garage door, but it is actually a cause of injury for many unsuspecting people. Every year, thousands of Americans are being rushed to the hospital due to garage door injuries. Don’t let you or any member of your family be a part of these statistics.
Here are 3 garage safety tips every homeowner should know.
Most people use the garage door as their main entry point into their home. With regular use, the bolts and roller brackets can loosen. As such, it is important to perform regular maintenance to ensure that it is operating smoothly.
Start by doing a quick inspection of the door and the hardware. Inspect the rollers as well as the reverse mechanisms. Don’t forget to lubricate the rollers and hinge points every six months or so to ensure that the door runs smoothly in its tracks. Garage doors can become extremely dangerous if they are not properly maintained.
Seek professional help
Some people prefer to go the DIY route, thinking it would help them save money. Sure, you might be able to find some information or video tutorials online that would help you tackle the problem, but repairing a broken garage door is not something you should do on your own.
Repairing garage doors is not only complicated, it can also be dangerous, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. You may end up damaging some of the parts and injure yourself in the process. Don’t take the risk. Call in the professionals to do this work.
Keep an eye on your children
A lot of kids enjoy playing with garage doors. They try to run in and out as the door closes. Some kids even ride on the door. Doing these things may seem like a lot of fun, but it is extremely dangerous. In fact, about 20,000 people are sent to the hospital every year due to garage door injuries. Many of which are children.
Modern garage doors are equipped with safety features like automatic electronic eye sensors. Despite this safety measure, parents should be vigilant when their kids are in the garage.
For more garage door safety tips or to have a professional garage door expert come out and inspect the garage door to your home, give Primos Garage Doors a call! We are here 24/7 for all of your garage door maintenance and repair needs.