Your garage door is likely the largest moving object in your home, and while you probably don't think of it as such, a garage door has the potential to cause deadly harm to occupants. That is why homeowners should approach garage doors with a cautious mindset and understand the principles of safe operation and maintenance.
Below are four safety guidelines that will help prevent a tragic garage door accident from occurring in your home.
1. Garage Doors Are Not Toys
One key to garage door safety is remembering that garage doors are not toys. Keep in mind that a garage door is fully capable of killing an adult, so children are especially vulnerable to dangers posed by doors.
With that in mind, it is important to keep kids away from garage doors and to also prevent them from operating the opener. Being too close to a moving door can cause injuries, as can hanging on a door during the process of raising or lowering.
To prevent your garage door from being used as a toy, lock the wall-mounted door opener whenever it is not in use and place remotes where they can't be easily accessed. Speak with children about the dangers posed by playing with garage doors and stress the life and death consequences that can occur.
2. Keep Safety Mechanisms Intact
Because of the threats posed to human life, garage doors have with multiple safety features. Each of these is specifically designed to prevent a door from shutting on someone else or even the operator.
One safety system is the auto-reversing mechanism. This device causes the opener to stop lowering the door and immediately begin raising it in response to resistance. Homeowners can often adjust the amount of resistance to a higher level if the door experiences spontaneous raising.
However, such adjustments can prevent the auto-reversing mechanism from working properly, leaving individuals vulnerable in the event of a potential crushing incident. That's why it is important to make only small adjustments and consult with a garage door technician before making substantial changes to resistance settings.
3. Leave Major Repairs to the Professionals
Another safety concern when it comes to garage door relates to major repairs. Garage doors contain a lot of moving parts, some of which tie to powerful springs and other components that can project substantial amounts of force.
That is why you should leave major repairs to the garage door professionals who understand the threats posed to human life. Homeowners should never attempt to adjust or replace springs, especially wound-up torsion springs, as they can uncoil with bone-breaking speed and power.
Other major repairs to leave for a professional include working on garage door opener motors and related hardware, as well as a door panel, rail, and cable replacements. Doors weigh a lot more than they seem at-a-glance, and a sudden release or slip could cause a door to crush you.
4. Be Cautious to Prevent Pinching Injuries
Garage doors can also cause severe pinching injuries due to their multiple pinch-points. That is why you should protect yourself from pinches during operation of the door, especially if you are performing hand movements.
For example, the space between door panels can narrow suddenly during door movement, thus resulting in a painful injury if your finger becomes caught. Another pinch-point on garage doors that you should be alert for is the space between rollers and rails.
If you have any questions about safe garage door operation, be sure to contact R&S Erection of Richmond for help. Their team of professionals is waiting to assist you with all your garage door needs and concerns.