Is your Garage Door System Safe?


Did you that your garage door is the largest moving part of your home? Or that you use your garage door more and more?

It’s important to keep the important safety guidelines in mind to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

On a Monthly basis , take a quick look at the various door components

  • Have any of the nuts or bolts come loose?

  • Are the horizontal tracks parallel?

  • Are any of the rollers ready to break?

  • There are certain components you must not attempt to repair yourself, including the springs, hinges and lifting cables. All of these are under extreme tension.

  • Consult the maintenance guide provided by the manufacturer.

Keep your garage door remote out of sight in your vehicle

  • Your remote is the equivalent of the keys to your home.

  • Keep the doors of your vehicle locked at all times.

  • Attach you remote to your key-ring.

Install the wall console out of reach of children

  • Install the wall console/transmitter approximately 1.5m above the floor or top step.

  • Place it in a location where you have a clear view of the door as it opens and closes.

Never hang on to your garage door

  • Double garage doors longer than 3m are equipped with reinforcement struts (Top Hats) on the inside.

  • It’s important for your family members to avoid climbing or hanging on to the door.

Don’t allow children to use or play with the remote

  • Your garage door remote is not a toy.

  • Don’t let your children play with the remote or even the Open/Close button on the wall console.

  • Remind family members to get out of the way of the door while it’s in motion and wait until it’s all the way up before entering the garage.

Avoid touching the moving parts at all times

  • This is especially important when the garage door is in motion.

  • Never place your fingers between the sections of the door, even when operating it manually.

  • Do not slide your hand between the vertical rail and the garage door panels.

If you have an automatic door opener, test the two reversal mechanisms every month

  • The first one is mechanical:

  • Place a thick piece of wood (70mm x 70mm) on the threshold of the door

  • Push the button to close the door

  • When the door touches the piece of wood, it should back up automatically

  • If it does not work correctly, lock your garage door and refrain from using it. Contact a garage door technician.

These tips are to prevent certain types of unfortunate accidents from happening that occur each year. If your door is making more noise than usual, this is an early warning sign that there may be something wrong with the garage door or garage door opener.

Contact a garage door technician in your area, who should be able to identify the problem and give you advice on the problem and the steps to be taken going forward to rectify It and to ensure the garage door is in good working order.

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