Hidden Garage Door Safety Hazards08/13/2014 Back To Blog
Safety hazards concern all homeowners with garage doors and the concern gets bigger when there are children in the house. Most definitely, regular inspections and surely services will create the basis for safe environments but we must never forget that our overhead door is not dangerous only when it is not maintained properly. Components of such huge systems might be sharp or heavy and such properties call for even higher attention.
We mostly give emphasis on the panel itself and we are afraid that one day will collapse if the maintenance is not right and the sensors don't work. Most certainly, these are the number one priorities of all people owing garage doors. Though, injuries are not always caused by falling doors or snapped springs. There are other equally bad suspects! After all, this is the basic reason for needing to keep kids away from the garage system.
How to protect your family from your garage door
* Most children injure their fingers. Adults injure their fingers, too! Children just put them among joints and grownups just use the edge parts of the door to pull it open or closed. There is nothing to fix in joints; just don't put your hands in there thinking that you'll know when to pull them out. People's fingers have been amputated with such attitude; it's best to get handles and definitely keep kids away when you press the clicker to either open or close the door.
* Watch out for the sharp glass panels. When your garage door window is broken, fix it. Fix it today if possible. Apart from a security hazard, it can be a safety hazard. Although safety glass will protect you from injuries, the edge parts of the glass might still be sharp and that's why you should never touch them with naked hands if you attempt to replace it yourself.
* It's also important to give attention to the small garage door parts – like screws, bolts, brackets and other components of similar size. Some of them are not actually very small and since most of them are made of low gauge number, they will be heavy. Make sure they are tightened to avoid accidents.
* It goes without saying that remote controls, which make the perfect toys in children's hands, must be kept at places where they cannot be reached and so should be the wall switch. You don't want your kids messing with the door and speeding under it. Prevent and give emphasis to details!