Garage Door Safety & Security
Garage Door Safety
Safety should be a key consideration when selecting garage door or opener, as garage door will be the largest moving item in your house and failures can cause serious injury. Doors can vary dramatically in the safety features they include.
A special panel edge design, prevents finger entrapment between panels, inside and outside of the door.
Rolled over edges on stiles, panels and reinforcing reducing the risk of cut finges.
In-line wheels and tracks that do not protrude behind the door, reducing the chance of finger entrapment at the sides of the doors.
Locking bar end covers previnting injury to fingers.
Opener Safety Features
- An automatic reverse function so if the door comes into contact with an obstruction on its downward journy it goes back up, or if it comes into contact with an obstruction on its upward journy it automatically stops.
- An optional extra, safety infra-red beams can be fitted to opener, so the door will automatically stop and reverse, if the beam is broken whilst the door is closing.
- Mount garage door opener control buttons out of the reach of small children (at least 5 feet from the floor), and where you have a clear view of the door.
- Don’t let children play with garage door remote controls. Explain remote controls are not toys.
- Set a good example for children by discussing garage door safety and explain the dangers of being injured by the door.
- Know how to use the door’s emergency-release feature. The owner’s manual provides instructions.
- Visually inspect your garage door each month. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact a qualified garage door professional for inspection or repair.
- Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair cables and springs, or anything to which these parts are attached or fastened. A trained door system technician using proper tools and insruction must make repairs or adjustments. These parts are under high tension and can cause serious injury if not held properly.
- Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair.
Garage Door Security
In a lot of cases with garages today, they are an entry point into your home. The last thing you want to have is an unwanted intrusion through your garage. It is important to consider the features that will be included with your door and opener, to help prevent this from occurring.
- Does the door have double bar locking?
- Is it fitted with a pick resistant lock design?
- While on vacation or away from home for extended periods of time, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which is an optional accessory to most openers.
- If your opener doesn’t have a rolling-code technology system, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the operator and remote control. By using the standard factory settings, your garage is vulnerable to break-ins by anyone with the same brand of remote control.
- Consider purchasing a garage door opener with rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the transmitter is used to prevent code-grabbing.
- Wireless keypads, which activate the garage door opener with a personal identification number (PIN), are available for most garage door openers. This allows family members to open the door without the use of a key or remote. Never disclose the PIN or leave it written down. Any mounting location for a keypad or wall button must be in direct line of sight with the door.
- Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. It should be treated like a house key.
- Always lock the door from the garage to the inside of your home. It’s a small inconvenience for safety and security.