These Simple Steps Can Help Keep Children Safer Near Garage Doors How to Childproof Garage Doors
Whether you have children or not, it is important to ensure that your custom garage door is safe and will not harm them. Today’s doors have advanced safety features but older garages do not. Check out some very simple steps that could save a child’s life. If you have an older garage or you find that it is unsafe and you need garage door repairs, contact Dynamic Garage Door at 855-343-3667 to get started.
Check Your Garage Door Often
If your garage door stops working altogether then you will know to take action, but it can be unsafe well before it gets to that point. This is why we suggest you regularly inspect it to make sure that it is working correctly. This is as simple as watching it open and close to see if there are any broken cables or springs, or anything that looks like it’s on its last leg. If there are, then it is time to call in for garage door repair.
Test the Reversing Mechanism on Your Garage Door
It is essential that your garage door has a reversing mechanism on it. If it does not then you should call us right away and have one installed. This feature forces the garage door to automatically reverse and go back up if something gets in its path while it is lowering. You should be testing this once a month with a piece of wood. Put it under the door while it is coming down to make sure that the garage door reverses as soon as it touches wood.
Make Sure the Garage Door Opener is Not in Their Reach
If the garage door is low down on the wall and little hands can easily get to it, then it should moved higher or a locking mechanism should be put on it. We can help you reposition the opener and/or install a cover on top of it.
Fix Any Gaps
If you have any gaps in your panels, a child’s small hands could get stuck in them and a serious accident could occur. Repairing any gaps also helps improve insulation too. We recommend using rubber seals but it depends largely on the type of garage door you have.
Teach Your Children How to Act Around Garage Doors
If you have children, you should teach them not to play near a garage door. It is all too easy to bump into the hinges and get injured. Teach them not to press buttons. Show them how the garage door works but remind them that it is something that only adults should handle, like your kitchen stove.
If you need helping installing a newer, safer garage door, or making changes to it so that it will be safer, contact Dynamic Garage Door at 855-343-3667 for help.