The garage is a busy place in most homes. It is very often used as the main entrance to the house in order to limit the wear and tear on the formal entrance. The garage also serves as the storage facility for bicycles, sporting goods, tools, and lawn equipment. So, every member of the family heads through there on a pretty regular basis.
Automatic garage door openers are fantastic tools for accessing this amazing space in your home. But, they can be dangerous for small children and pets. Here are a few safety tips to keep everyone using your garage safe and sound.
Keep Kids Away
Never let small children operate the garage door – ever. The automatic opener is not a toy and should not be treated like one. The typical garage door is very heavy and closes with considerable force. Combined with a mechanical opener, it can cause serious injuries.
Auto-Reverse Magic Eye
An auto-reverse magic eye is a device designed to detect if there is any obstruction in the path of a closing garage door. If something is detected, the opener will automatically stop, reverse, and return the door to a full open position.
If you are purchasing a new automatic garage door opener, this safety device should be standard. If your current automatic door opener does not have this safety feature, replace it immediately.
Even if you have a automatic door opener equipped with safety features, it is important to test them regularly to ensure that everything is working properly. The sensors can become damaged over time. You also want to look for any worn parts and irregularities in the function of the door.
If the opener on the door of your garage needs service, contact a qualified technician.
It is tempting to install a new door opener or door yourself, but the process can be a bit overwhelming for the casual do-it-yourselfer. Hire a professional to ensure that your door is in good working condition, properly counter-weighted, and that all of the components in the automatic door opener are installed and secured according to the manufacturer specifications.
Some warranties require professional installation. Check before doing any work that might void a warranty.
With proper installation and care, your garage door will provide you with years of reliable (and safe) service.
Source by Mario Villa