National Garage Door Safety Month is designated in June by the International Door Associations – IDA and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association – DASMA; as both association and their affiliated manufacturers work hard to increase the public’s awareness concerning the possible hazards of automatic opener systems and garage doors. Encouraging homeowners to perform visual inspections routinely and schedule annual inspections by a professional as well as invest in professional tune-ups and maintenance services once a year to ensure the garage door, safety features, and automatic opener are all working at peak performance for their safety above all else. With that in mind, we at AAA Garage Doors would like to expound on garage door safety.
Importance of Garage Door Lubrication & Maintenance
Being that the garage door is the largest moving system in your home, proper maintenance is crucial, as more likely, not only is it the largest moving system in the home, but is one of the most frequently used. Residents often use it as the primary sources for exiting and entering the home and every time you open and close the door, you are putting more wear on the moving parts. Offering home security and with new insulated doors, increased energy efficiency, the garage door is an important element to most homes. But what many people do not do, is respect the garage door and potential injuries they can cause. There are a few simple garage door maintenance tasks homeowners can do to ensure it is operating effectively, but many tasks, installation and spring replacement being a few examples, should be left to professional garage door contractors.
Garage Door Safety Guidelines
For your convenience, AAA Action Doors have compiled a list of safety guidelines you should take the time to review and pass to family members to ensure their safety.
1) When the door is opening or closing, keep fingers and hands away from door sections to avoid injury.
2) To keep it operating safely, make certain your garage door is properly maintained. It is recommended that a trained technician perform annual maintenance. Additional tests and inspections are some of the tasks that you can perform.
3) Keep in mind that the garage door opener uses electricity to operate and if mishandled it can result in shock or even death. The garage door opener should only be serviced by a trained service technician.
4) A garage door’s springs or cables are one of the most dangerous repairs you can do yourself and should be avoided at all costs. Best repaired by a trained professional because these parts are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.
5) If the garage door has suffered impact by a moving vehicle, it’s a good idea to have the door inspected and repaired by a trained service technician, even if the door doesn’t seem to have sustained damage. It may have become misaligned which will lead to premature wear and as well as developing dangerous circumstances.
6) Ensure that the kids understand that the garage door and garage door opener are not toys; if misused critical injury or even death can occur.
7) Keep people, especially children from standing, running or playing under or near any garage door, especially when the door is in motion.
8) Avoid giving the kids access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems. Mount the manual push button wall control for a garage door operating system at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.
9) Always keep the door in full view until the door is fully opened or fully closed when opening or closing the garage door; ensuring there are no people or animals that try to enter or exit while the door is closing.
10) Avoid storing anything or building any storage devices in the path or in close proximity to the tracks.
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When you are in need of a professional garage door expert, contact AAA Action Doors and let our specialists safely and effectively perform the services you require!