While a garage is a great addition to any home, the garage door can pose a huge safety risk, especially for children. According to the U.S. Product Consumer Safety Commission, accidents involving garage doors result in 20,000 injuries a year, and even some deaths.
Some of the most common garage door injuries include concussions, crushed limbs, fractures, lacerations, and permanent disabilities. Because garage doors can be dangerous, it's important for homeowners to do the following four things in order to prevent garage door injuries.
1. Inspect Your Garage Door on a Regular Basis
One of the best things you can do to minimize garage door-related injuries is to ensure that your door is in proper working order at all times. Inspect your garage door on a regular basis to ensure that all of the parts are working as they should.
Some specific parts of the garage door that you'll want to pay especially close attention to include:
If you notice any signs of wear and tear on these parts, get it fixed or replaced right away. If these parts do not work properly, the garage door could come off its tracks or close without warning.
2. Keep the Garage Door Opener in a Safe Place
While opening and closing an automatic garage door with the garage door opener might seem like a great source of entertainment for children, it's not a safe thing for them to do. This is why you should always make sure that the garage door opener is kept in a safe place, one that is out of the reach of children.
If you have the garage door opener mounted on the wall, be sure it is high enough so that a child can't reach it. Another alternative would be to have a manual garage door instead of an automatic one.
3. Make Sure the Auto Reverse Feature Functions as It Should
In 1993, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission made it mandatory for all garage doors that were manufactured after January 1993 to include an auto-reverse function. This safety device causes the garage door to go back up if it comes into contact with an object of any kind.
Not only does this feature keep people safe from injury, it also ensures that your vehicle and other objects will not become damaged. One of the easiest ways to test this feature is to put a small object underneath the garage door and press the button to close the door.
If the garage door reverses upon contact of the object, then it works. If it continues to close, you will need to get it fixed. If your garage door was made before 1993, it might not have the auto reverse feature. If you are concerned about safety, you may want to get your old garage door replaced with a newer one.
4. Install Pinch-Resistant Joints
If you have a manual garage door, it's easy to grab anywhere onto the door to either pull it open or push it shut. Doing this, however, can pose a safety hazard for your fingers.
In order to prevent your fingers from getting pinched in between the garage door sections, you can either install pinch-resistant joints or a lift handle. In order to further protect your hands and fingers, you'll also want to keep them away from cables and hinges while operating the garage door.
If you want to find ways to make your garage door safer, or if you know that it is in need of repair, don't hesitate to call Door Service Co. Contact us today for all your garage door safety and repair needs.