Just how safe is your garage door?
The garage door is one of the largest moving objects in a home and because of its size and weight, extreme caution should be taken to maintain safe operation. Homeowners typically overlook their garage doors when considering the safety features in their homes. The following are a few safety precautions to be aware of.
Hardware and tracks: The door might come off the tracks, fall and cause severe injury if not positioned and attached properly. Simple adjustments by a door professional will ensure that this does not occur.
Brackets: If the brackets that attach the high-tension cables which actually lift the door are loose, they could disconnect and fly off at very dangerous speeds.
Springs: Because springs operate on very high tension and could cause severe injuries, repairs, replacements and adjustments should always be made by a qualified professional.
Panel Sections: Be very cautious when operating the door and never place fingers near or in the joint between door sections. Pay special attention to children who might have the tendency to insert their fingers in small openings.
Photo Eyes: Door openers are now equipped with electronic photo eyes that serve as a safety mechanism that detects when an object obstructs the garage door. Worcester Door Company suggests that homeowners should consider replacing older automatic door openers that do not come equipped with these modern safety devices, especially when children are in the equation.
Remember, when in doubt, consult a professional. More home safety information and maintenance information is available on our website at www.worcesterdoor.com