Your garage door is likely one of the most frequently used parts of your home and yet plenty of homeowners tend to overlook it or take it for granted until something goes wrong. It's important to perform regular maintenance on your garage door's moving parts, but there are also additional safety concerns that you should keep in mind, especially if you have a family with young children. Here are a few ways you can help ensure that the operation of your house's garage door remains as safe as possible.
Keep the Opener/Remote at Adult Level
It's pretty common for most homeowners to install the buttons that open and close the garage door right outside the door that enters into the garage. These buttons are often put at a height that make it easy to quickly press as you walk into the garage. While convenience is nice, you should think twice about this placement if you have small children. Putting the remote in a too convenient spot could give your children easy access to it. You don't want your children to have an opportunity to play around with the garage door. Consider placing the remote a little higher on the wall than would be expected to keep it out of reach of your kids.
Test the Reversal Sensor on a Regular Basis
Every time you inspect your garage door's moving parts (or hire a garage door repair specialist to do it for you), you should also take a moment to make sure your door's reversal sensor is working. This is a mechanism that is legally required to be installed on all modern garage doors. The idea is that if something small in stature like a pet or a child walks under the door while it is closing, the mechanism will sense this and reverse the door. Place a piece of wood under the door that is about 3 feet in height. When the door hits the piece of wood, it should immediately reverse course. If you encounter an issue, contact a professional contractor right away.
Inform Your Children That The Garage is Not a Play Room
It's common for some families to use their garage for extra storage space, and if there are young kids in the home, it's not uncommon to see a few toys piling up in the area. Make a rule in your house while your children are young that they are not allowed to get any of the toys out of storage without the supervision of an adult. Do not allow your children to play in the garage with their toys; have them take it outside or to another room. You don't want your children lingering around the moving parts of your garage door, even when the door is not in use. The children could accidentally cause damage to the door while playing, or worse, injure themselves on a hinge or chain.
If you have small children at home, get into a habit of inspecting your garage door on a regular basis to ensure that it stays safe for all members of your family. Keep your garage remote out of reach of the kids, get your reversal mechanism tested each time you inspect the rest of the door and discourage your children from playing in the garage. If you notice any safety concerns, contact a garage door repairman or general contractor from a company like Suburban Construction Inc right away.