High-functioning garage doors are an important component to any home. But there are two things you must keep in mind when using a garage door: safety and security. Garage doors are heavy machinery that can harm people and things if not used properly. They also serve as an entry into your home, which means you must secure this entry like you would a front door, back door or windows.
Here’s a garage door safety checklist, as well as helpful garage door security ideas:
- Placement — Install your garage door control button more than five feet off the ground, and make sure you can clearly see the garage door from the control button’s position. It’s important to make sure the control button is out of the reach of children, which helps prevent a garage door-related accident.
- Testing — Your garage door most likely includes a reversing mechanism. Make sure this reversing mechanism is in full operation by placing a roll of paper towels or another object in the door’s path. If the door fails to reverse, call for professional help.
- Emergency Release — Any motorized garage door will feature an emergency release. If power goes out, or your opener isn’t working, this release lets you use your garage door manually.
- Inspection — Give your garage door the visual once over on a regular basis. What are you checking for? Look specifically for wear and tear in the springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and other components. If you see anything that looks out of place, call for help.
- Professional Help — Never attempt to make repairs or replacements on your own. A garage door’s parts are under a great amount of tension. This tension is what makes the garage door work, but it can also create a safety hazard if you attempt to work on it without the proper experience and knowledge.
- Safety Beams — Consider installing safety beams if you don’t already have them. Safety beams offer added protection to go with your reversing mechanism. Beams sense when a vehicle or other object crosses the garage door’s path, and they tell the opener to reverse. This is an added layer of safety that keeps your garage door, your vehicles and your other assets safe and secure.
- Vacation Lock — Many garage doors will include a vacation lock feature that prevents the garage door from opening and closing while you’re out of town. If you don’t have a vacation lock, consider unplugging the garage door opener if you’re gone for an extended period of time.
- Key Treatment — Your garage door opener works like a key to your home. Treat it like a key by taking care of it and making sure it’s not out of your possession for any length of time.
- Lock Entry Door — While your garage door does provide a measure of safety, go an extra step by locking the door that links your garage and home. If someone happens to make their way into your garage, you can help stop them from entering your house by locking the entryway.
- Rolling Codes — New technology makes it possible for your garage door to change its access code each time the transmitter is used. This is just another way to ensure access to your home is limited only to people who have keys and the garage door opener.
At A-All Style Garage Door, we are your source for garage door service and expertise in Bolingbrook, Naperville, Plainfield and the Southwest Chicago suburbs. We can provide and install additional safety features for your garage door, or we can provide full replacement garage doors if you’re looking to upgrade.
Contact us today about your garage door needs.