Summer vacation for children has just about arrived. Whether you are glad or sad over that fact could be the subject of an entire blog post itself! But one thing is for sure – children will be out of school and they will be in and out of the garage much more. Is your overhead door ready for them?

How often do you concern yourself with the safe operation of your garage door? If you’re like most people, probably not much – until you happen to hear or see something quite out of the ordinary. You simply take for granted that it will open and close properly and that it is safe. And most of the time it does, thankfully!

Unfortunately, garage doors play a role in thousands of injuries every year. Figures by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are frequently seen online stating that between 20,000 – 30,000 people visit emergency rooms each year for garage related injuries. No verifiable link is ever shown, but here is a chart by the CPSC which does confirm the fact that injuries do occur, some severe. It is seven years old and we can assume that manufacturers have improved safety features since then, but that doesn’t mean children (or adults) need not bother with practical safety measures.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

Children are definitely more susceptible to garage door injuries than adults, but injuries can happen to people of all ages. Why not take a few minutes and establish some simple safety rules for your home and review them with your children? Remember – the average weight of a garage door is 400 pounds! Unless you are some kind of superhero, you are no match against a falling garage door!

1. Garage door openers are not toys. Young children should never have access to them.

2. Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

3.Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a full roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call Geauga Door immediately!

4.If you do not know how to use your garage door opener’s emergency release feature, read your owner’s manual until you do or ask your Geauga Door technician to show you.

5. Do not allow children to play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. It should never be considered a game to duck the door.

6. Keep an eye on the door until it is fully closed or opened to prevent any child or pet from entering or exiting.

7. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.

8. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. Call Geauga Door!

9. If your new teen driver backs into the door (or, heaven forbid – YOU do!) have the door inspected even if it doesn’t look damaged. The operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely – an accident waiting to happen.

10.Call Geauga Door for annual maintenance checks. A trained service technician is your best bet against a faulty system. He will also inform you of specific things you can watch for, what you can do yourself, and when you need a professional.

How long has it been since your garage door was thoroughly inspected? If more than a year has passed, the safest way to start your summer is to call Geauga Door and make an appointment for a general maintenance check. You could save yourself a lot of money with an ounce of prevention, save yourself or family injury, and have peace of mind – isn’t that worth it?

 

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