Garage Door Safety Month
5 Tips for a Safer Garage
Did you know that June is Garage Door Safety Month? If you’re like most homeowners, your garage is probably your go-to spot for storing tools, vehicles, and all sorts of odds and ends. But have you ever stopped to think about how safe your garage really is?
In an average year, there is estimated to be between 20,000 to 30,000 garage door accidents involving injury – a jarring statistic to consider, especially when you’re a parent with little ones running in and out of the house. The best way to prevent this from happening in your own home? Teach your kiddos that garage doors are not to be played with AND take the necessary steps to ensure your garage is a safe and secure space!
To stop you from overlooking potential hazards, here’s a list of five tips for a safer garage – and peace of mind.
1. Perform a visual inspection.
Look over your garage door for any visible signs of wear and tear. If things look loose, off-balance, or just plain worn-out, it may be time to call a garage door expert, like J.D. Griffiths, to come check it out. They’ll determine whether your door is in need of a simple repair or full replacement. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
2. Keep the garage clean and organized.
Admit it – we’ve all tripped over something in our garage before. Whether it’s due to poor lighting or a mess of our own, a cluttered garage can create a dangerous environment, with objects that can fall and cause injury, damage your garage door, or block exits in case of an emergency.
Here’s a few things you can do to stay organized and safe!
- Keep the garage tidy by storing items on shelves or in cabinets.
- Install proper lighting to keep your space visible.
- Be sure to sweep up any debris once your project-of-the-day is complete.
3. Check the garage door opener.
Make sure that the door opener is working correctly and that the safety features, such as the sensors that prevent the door from closing when an obstruction is detected, are functioning properly. It’s important to regularly test the opener and replace any parts that are not working correctly. Lucky for you, J.D. Griffiths provides electric garage door opener installation services! Contact us today to get started.
4. Keep your remote under ‘control’.
If you’re a parent, you know how curious and adventurous young kids can be. That’s why it’s crucial to keep an eye on your garage door remote. Repeatedly pressing the controller button may seem harmless, but this action can result in severe consequences.
First, repeatedly opening and closing your garage door can cause damage to its optimal function, or the remote itself – putting anything going under your door at risk. Second, if the garage door is left open, you are giving any potential intruder easy access to your home. The same goes if you park your car in your driveway and leave it unlocked with the remote in the open.
The best thing to do? Store your remote out of reach of children in your locked garage at all times or place the remote control in a locked glove compartment in your vehicle.
5. Schedule regular maintenance.
Regular maintenance and service repairs of your garage door system can prevent malfunctions and prolong the lifespan of your garage door. With a professional garage door service provider, like J.D. Griffiths, on speed dial, this is an easy one!
As we head into Garage Door Safety Month this June, we hope these tips can help you ensure that your garage is a safe and functional space for you and your family. As always, don’t hesitate to contact J.D. Griffiths for any garage door service, repair, or installation needs! With over 20 years of expertise and experience, our team can help you create a safer and more secure garage for your family.