These days, a garage door is usually remotely controlled instead of manually controlled.
There are still manually controlled ones around but these are fewer compared to the openings controlled by a remote. Since these openings should be able to let a vehicle through, it is understood that they are large and heavy. Safety is a key concern when it comes to this part of the home.
The open and shut mechanism of a garage door should be well maintained as well as other parts of the unit to ensure that there is minimum risk of accidents. The motor should be kept free of dust and other debris which may cause it to get stuck or to operate erratically.
Depending on what kind of entry one has at home, there are several different kinds of openings. Roll up and roll down, hinged doors and others are some of the more common ones around. Even the remote control used to operate the mechanism should be maintained well and should be brought in for servicing if there is any damage incurred on it.
It is Not a Plaything
The unit is not a toy. This is something that should be impressed on children to avoid accidents and even fatalities. The idea of a mechanism that does the bidding of a remote can be appealing to small and even older children.
Many play with the garage door as part of their make believe world or just out of curiosity how it works. It is important to point out to a child that once the unit starts to go up or down there is little that anyone can do to stop it unless using the remote.
The possibility of being squashed under it or lifted up and caught in the paneling is serious and dangerous. It is imperative that children are taught not to play in and around the vicinity of a moving garage door or even an open one. Accidents can and will happen even with the utmost care.
Playing with the controller can prove fatal and the entryway should always be kept in sight when opening or closing it until it is fully opened or closed to prevent accidents or damage. Even the hinges, motor and any other moving parts of the garage door can prove dangerous when little fingers or clothes are caught in them. Reading the user manual can help to understand safety when it comes to these parts of the home. Regular maintenance of the unit also helps to prevent accidents.
June is Garage Door Safety Month, an annual event to increase awareness of the possible hazards of garage doors and automatic opener systems, and the need for periodic inspection and maintenance to keep them safe. Give your garage door a safety check to insure it’s in proper working order.