Few things make your day-to-day life more convenient than automated garage doors do. But as is so often the case, convenient or novel solutions often create safety concerns. Be sure to employ these five practices, so that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of automated garage doors, without putting your home or family at risk.
Do Not Leave the Door Partially Open
When operating the garage door, allow it to open or close completely. While many people leave the door halfway open to allow children or pets to enter and exit the building, this also provides criminals with easy access to your home.
Additionally, when the door starts moving again, it may be in the opposite direction that you predicted. This can lead to property damage or injuries.
Turn the System Power Off when Traveling
If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, turn the unit off or disconnect it from the power source. This provides additional security against would-be burglars and allows you to lock the door from outside.
Do Not Let Your Children Play with the Door
Children are often gravitationally drawn to automated garage doors and their control mechanisms. When doing so, they will press the control button to close the door, and then race to escape the garage before the door closes.
Far from harmless play, such games can lead to serious injuries and broken garage doors. Prevent younger children from operating the door at all, but instruct older children on the safe and proper operation of the door, in case of an emergency.
Keep the Inside Door Locked
Many people make the mistake of keeping the interior garage door unlocked. This means that anyone who manages to access the garage can access the interior of your home. Keeping the interior door locked is a slight inconvenience, as you will have to use your house key to enter the home, but it also provides an additional layer of protection for your home and family.
Protect Your Remote Control
Even if you keep your interior door locked, a remote garage door opener provides access to any valuables stored in your garage. In light of this, you must treat it as though it were a set of keys to your home. Keep your remote in a secure place (or on your person) at all times. Do not leave your remote control in a parked car.Share
30 March 2016
When my husband and I first built our home, we had no idea which kind of garage door would blend in with the exterior facade of our place. However, after we mulled over a bunch of different options, we decided to go with a few fancy, carriage door styled garage doors. In addition to adding an old-world feel to our place, they also worked incredibly well. I know that it sounds silly, but our garage doors are one of my favorite things about our new place. I want you to love your garage doors as much as I love mine, which is why I built this website.