Your garage door might be a handy tool, but it can be dangerous if you have little ones in the house. Newer garage doors have safety features to help keep kids safe, but this doesn't mean that you shouldn't do your part. If any of these situations apply to you, now is the time to do something about it; otherwise, one of your little ones could be harmed because of your garage door.
1. Your Kids Can Easily Reach the Garage Door Opener on the Wall
If your home is like most, there is probably a garage door opener on the wall, probably near the door that leads into your home. This door opener can be handy for opening and closing the garage door when you are outside or don't have your portable remote control with you, but it can be dangerous.
As you probably already know, kids can be tempted by buttons, and your little one could be tempted to press the button while another child is playing near the garage door. For best results, have an electrician or garage door repair professional move your garage door opener so that it is higher and out of reach of your little ones.
2. You Haven't Tested Your Garage Door's Safety Mechanism
Your garage door should have come with a safety mechanism -- which is used to send the garage door back up if something is in its path while it is closing -- but it's important to test it. You can test it from a safe distance by putting something -- such as a toy or piece of lawn equipment -- underneath the door and closing it. If the garage door doesn't automatically reverse itself when it approaches the item, you need to have it repaired or replaced immediately.
3. You Don't Have Your Garage Door Maintained Often
It's important to inspect your garage door regularly and have it maintained by a garage door repair professional every now and then. Otherwise, the chains could rust and cause the garage door to fall, or your family could be at risk of another type of accident. Along with carefully checking over your garage door for rust and other damage, consider calling a garage door repair professional to come and take a look.
As you can see, it can be easy for your garage door to pose a threat for the little ones in the house. If you avoid these situations, however, you can help keep your kids safe while still using your garage door each day. (For more information, contact Kim's Garage)