Daily Archives: July 15, 2010

Garage Doors – Secrets to Safe Operation

Garage doors are not something most people give a lot of thought to. They are expected to function and when they don’t usually an expert is called in to repair them.

This is particularly true now that the majorities are controlled by remote operation instead of manually opening and closing them. By their nature garage doors are large and heavy and so extra care should be taken with them and a fair amount of maintenance should be kept up to date.

Garage doors are opened with a mechanism. Just like a car, a lawnmower or a bicycle they need to be well maintained. A small amount of basic upkeep will keep them in good working order and prevent an accident or a malfunction. First and foremost the motor should be kept clean and free of debris. The majority of malfunctions occur because the motor fails as a result of poor maintenance. Simply getting on a ladder and cleaning off the motor will ensure a longer safer operation.

It seems silly but one of the best ways to prevent an accident is to make sure that the batteries in the remotes that operate the opener are kept up. If the battery dies in a moment when the door needs to be stopped or opened it can be a very dangerous predicament.

Children should never play with garage doors. They are very large and very heavy and can easily cause serious injury or death. Just as no one would let a child play with any other sort of machinery it is not safe for kids to play with this one. There is something very appealing to kids about opening and closing something with a remote that needs to be addressed early on. By taking the time and explaining the danger and stressing that they should not ever play with the controller a lot of danger can be avoided. Show them that there is nothing that can be done to stop it opening or closing without the remote. The motors of these can lift those very heavy panels and would have no trouble lifting a child as well. Many of these units roll up or fold and can easily crush a child.

Especially dangerous can be the descent of garage doors therefore always be sure to visually inspect the area before opening or closing. Even if a young person is standing to the side of a unit in operation the rollers or any other moving part can easily hurt their fingers.

With a little precaution and maintenance any sort of danger or harm can be avoided. It only takes one time for something bad to happen however so be sure to always exercise safety.

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