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Tips to Keep Kids Safe Around Your Garage Doors

Your garage doors are a great convenience when it comes to your home’s entryways. But as the largest moving piece of your house, they also pose the biggest risk to safety – especially to children. This is why you need to make garage door safety a priority. There are several ways to ensure that your doors are meeting safety standards, as well as a few ways to practice caution when interacting with overhead doors.

Carefully Store the Remote
One fact about children is this: they love pushing buttons! While you can warn children not to touch the garage door remote, it is likely that they will not be able to resist opening or closing the garage door when unsupervised. To counteract this, you are better off keeping the garage door remote somewhere safe and out of reach for young hands.

Make Sure the Photo Sensors are Working
A key safety function for your garage doors takes the shape of the photo sensors. These devices are located a few inches off the ground and are responsible for detecting when something is obstructing the path of your closing garage doors. These devices do not work when they aren’t aligned properly, so make sure they are pointed at each other first. Next, test that they are functioning by closing your garage doors and waving something like a broom between the sensors. Your garage doors should stop closing as soon as the sensors are blocked. Call a professional if your garage doors fail the sensor test.

Explain That Garage Doors Are Not Toys
A great way to promote garage door safety with your kids is through clear communication. Have a family meeting in the garage, where you clearly explain to them how garage doors are not a part of any games and should not be treated like toys. Make it clear that they should never “ride” the garage door when they are opening, they should never race under the doors when they are closing, and they should never touch the doors when they move.

Stay On Top of Garage Door Maintenance
The best way to ensure garage door safety is by making sure your system is running optimally. From the parts to the opener, it is easy to have peace of mind when you know your garage door products are working as they should be. Consider calling a garage door professional for a tune-up and inspection. It’s recommended that you do this at least once a year, if not twice. These inspections can actually end up saving you money, as an expert can spot small problems before they graduate into large (and more expensive) problems.

Are you ready to stay on top of your garage doors’ safety? Give the experts at A1 Door Company a call today for tips – or to schedule an inspection. As the top garage door service in Richmond, VA, we’ve worked with just about every make and model of garage doors. Allow our team to take a look at your system and explain how to keep it safe for the whole family!

What Causes Garage Doors to Become Off-Balance?

As it is often said, living a life of
balance is key when it comes to your health, harmony, and happiness. For some,
it could mean the right repetition of self-care. For others, it could mean a
home that serves as a well-organized safe haven. That said, your garage door
needs proper care too in order to provide you and your family with assurance of
safety. So, in this blog post we will be discussing garage door balance.

A standard garage door can weigh up
to 400 lbs. – which is a lot of weight working against you if a problem should
arise! Garage doors are equipped with two springs; one spring being on either
side of the door. When a garage door closes, these springs are under very high
tension. So, any time there is movement of the garage door, the springs need to
adjust in order to balance the weight of the door. In other words, it is
crucial that the springs be in balance in order to maintain efficient and safe
operation.

The balance of the springs is
what maintains level movement of your garage door. If one spring becomes loose,
that side of the garage door will move at a different speed which then leads to
disproportionate wear (and a lot of noise!) while the door opens and closes.

With any high functioning piece of
machinery, a garage door will experience wear and tear over time which is why
we can’t stress the importance of maintenance enough! Most indications of
garage door repairs can be visible to the eye which is why visual
inspections
can sometimes be done by a homeowner.

However, if your garage door
springs are already broken, there are safety issues involved that you should be
aware of! First, you should never pull the emergency release handle when
the door is open because it will come down fast and hard. With the spring being
broken, there is nothing that will slow the door down. Another safety concern
is that if the door is left open, it can fall at any time or someone may try to
close it without realizing that there is an issue. If you must leave the door
open, you should place something sturdy underneath the door on both sides to
help support it, and make sure children and/or pets do not go near it. You
could also have a couple of people hold the door up while you disconnect it
from the garage door opener, and then close it manually.

A garage door that is balanced feels neither too heavy nor too light and remains at whichever level that you choose to leave it at. If a garage door is noticeably out of place it means your door is off-balance. If that’s the case, a garage door professional can come out and assess the springs. Generally, your garage door will call for spring replacement in order to work properly.

It’s imperative to have the balance
of your garage door checked regularly so that it can be adjusted when
required. If you notice any signs that suggest your garage door springs
have become off-balance, please do not hesitate to call A1 Door Company for repairs!

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 A1 Door Company are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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