9 Useful Garage Door Safety Tips

If a house were a book, an electronic garage door would be a minor character who goes unnoticed on a daily basis as it patiently answers to commands.Do you want to learn more? Visit  Garage Door Repair Maple Ridge-Titan Garage Doors Coquitlam

This may be true in most households, but not in one where a teenager and an elderly person are learning to drive at the same time. An electric garage door, in this scenario, might become a cause of fear for the “oldster” and an object to outfox for the youth – and an item for both to misjudge and miscalculate.

Since my daughter and mother thought it would be “cool” to take driver’s education together, life has been everything but normal. I’ve established what can be called the “Rules of the Garage” as they bond over learning the rules of the road – and I count up the damage to my garage door from their various misadventures.

Some of these safety advice are based on personal experience, while others were offered by one of the few garage door companies that is concerned about the safety of its clients. They’ve collectively formed a new family chant, uttered swiftly before one of them – the central actors in our daily family drama – even considers picking up the car keys:

Check that the outdoor garage lights are turned on at night, and if they aren’t, take it slowly up the driveway. Leaving the lights on takes a concerted effort from the entire family, but it’s well worth it, especially if you have a dark-colored door that appears to be open late at night.

Before pulling into or out of the garage, be sure the door is fully open. When you’re in a rush, it’s easy to underestimate the height of a vehicle. And the fraction of a second you believe you’re saving before the door fully opens isn’t worth the expense of vehicle damage – and the resulting higher auto insurance price.

When leaving the garage, always look back twice. Look behind you even before you put the car in reverse. Before moving forward, double-check that the door has fully opened.

Invest in a garage door that incorporates a motion sensor. With or without new drivers in the house, many homeowners learn this lesson the hard way. A sensor detects trouble, much like a vigilant mother or daughter, by sensing movement around the door and rolling it back up to avoid an accident.

Consider using a light, reflecting, or even somewhat fluorescent colour for the inner door. Another hard-learned lesson from the School of Hard Knocks. If you’re hesitant, keep in mind that only the people who regularly take a car out of the garage will notice the unusual hue. When you see how brake lights illuminate the door, adding an added layer of safety, you could be sold.

Keep your fingers and gadgets away from the garage door’s cables, pulleys, and springs. What looks to be a “simple fix” may actually be a more sophisticated repair that should be left to the pros with the necessary tools – and skill.

For your garage, get a strong door. This small and insignificant figure has a humorous way of stealing the show, emphasising the importance of investing in a long-lasting door. One composed of aluminium or steel will hold up to repeated use – and the odd ding.

Make a designated area in your car for your garage door opener, and keep it there at all times. If you don’t, you can end up searching in the dark for the opener. If you’re preoccupied and your car is in drive but your foot is on the brake, it’s possible that your automobile will inch forward and ram the garage door. While you’re at it, tuck the opener away in a console or glove compartment, out of sight of potential auto and home burglars.

Maintain the condition of your door. A garage door that begins to create loud banging, creaking, or screaming noises, like other technological gadgets, is calling out for repair – and only for a reliable garage door repair service business.