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  • Garage Door Safety Tips to Practice at Home

  • Your garage door keeps your family safe, compliments the aesthetic style of your home, and can even help you save money on energy bills. You may take it for granted, however it’s the largest moving object in your home so it’s important to always ensure you’re practicing garage door safety! Here are a few garage door safety tips to keep in mind:

    Pay attention.  It’s easy to go into auto-pilot when driving, especially when we’re close to home; but don’t let opening the garage door become a routine that you overlook! Try putting the remote door opener in a different place occasionally so that you have to think before systematically reaching for it. 

    Don’t leave your garage door remote control in your vehicle. Burglars look for this when they want to break into a home, and having access to it puts them one step closer to getting there! Another thing to note, never leave this control within a child’s reach – to them, it’s simply a toy as they are not aware of the harm it can do.

    Don’t leave your garage door partially open. Some homeowners leave their garage door partially open so their pet cats can come and go. While this may seem harmless enough, you should fully close your garage door to prevent damage. If you reactivate a partially open garage door, it may travel down and subsequently strike an object, damaging the unit.

    Perform monthly inspections. Inspect your door every month and look for broken springs and cables, check the pulleys and rollers for wear, and test the reversing mechanism by placing a piece of wood or another object in your garage door’s path. The door should automatically reverse when it comes in contact with the object. If it doesn’t do this, or you notice any other issues, contact your local garage door contractor.

    If your garage door isn’t up to today’s safety standards or is damaged beyond repair, our team of garage door professionals here at A-1 Door Company are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!