Garage Door Safety Continued

Garage Door Safety Continued

Garage Door Safety Continued

Did you know that 70% of homeowners enter and exit their house through the garage? With the amount of traffic your garage door receives, it is important to keep track of your garage door activity and ensure you are maintaining a safe and functional door.

As a continuation of “Garage Door Safety” month, we wanted to give you some suggestions as to how to keep your garage door safe and secure.

Cover Your Windows

Whether you use curtains, blinds or tinting, it is suggested to cover your windows so someone on the outside cannot see into your garage. No matter how strong your windows are, they’re still windows and they can still break.

Use Timers

Nobody’s perfect. Sometimes when you leave your home in a rush, you don’t think about closing your garage. It happens to everyone. Unfortunately, when your garage door is left open, it’s an open invitation for anyone to come in. Garage door opener manufacturers like LiftMaster® offer options such as a garage door timer. This is hooked up with your opener to automatically close your garage door after a set amount of time. You can pre-program this time, making sure your garage is never left open for too long.

Keep Your Opener with You

Take away more opportunity for a burglar to break into your garage by carrying your remote opener with you. You should never leave your garage door opener in your car, even if it is parked in the garage. There are small keychain remotes you can use to replace your big clicker at most home improvement stores or through your local garage door dealer. When purchasing a keychain remote, be sure to match both the brand and year of your current opener.

Motion Detection Lights

Upgrading your light fixtures with motion detection lights to enhance security around your garage. Motion detectors are triggered by warm objects such as animals, cars and people. Of the many safety features you can install, motion detection lights are among the best.

Secure Your Interior Door

With attached garages, there’s typically an interior door into your home. You want to be sure that door is as secure as any other external doors around your house. If somehow someone can get into your garage, you want to be sure they can’t get any further into your home. There are many options which include a deadbolt, multiple locks or even padlocks with programmed entry codes.

Contact RCS Carolinas with any questions or concerns about your garage door security measures.

June is Garage Door Safety Month

June is Garage Door Safety Month

Just by looking at your garage door, you can make the obvious assumption that it is the largest moving object on your home. To top that off, it could also be the hardest working with it being raised and lowered an average of four times per day. As with any other area of the home, the longevity of your garage door depends on regular maintenance and repair.

Safety First

Since June is “Garage Door Safety Month,” we at RCS Carolinas want to remind our customers that summer is an appropriate time to preform those safety inspections and “tune-ups” on your garage doors.

We wanted to take a few moments educate you with some obvious, but not so obvious, safety tips.

1. It’s not a toy.

Each year, approximately 100 children are injured playing with garage doors. The world is their playground and everything is a toy. Whether it’s riding the garage door up and down, or racing in and out as the door closes, playing with the garage door is not safe for anyone, especially children.

This is generally an easy thing to prevent by simply educating your children that garage doors are not toys.

2. It’s a Race Against the….. Garage Door?

No matter how old you are, a little challenge seems appealing to most people. However, over 130 people per year injure themselves or damage their garage door by trying to race it as it closes. Modern garage doors do have sensors as a safety feature, but it’s still very risky.

Essentially, the best way to avoid injury in this situation is to never race the door. Even if you need to stop for a few seconds for your garage door to reopen, that’s better than the injuring yourself.

3. Broken Doors

200 injuries per year can be contributed to broken garage doors, or doors that simply aren’t working properly. There are many reasons why a garage door may be broken, such as malfunctioning sensors, garage door opener problems or even snapped springs.

Providing your garage door and opener with routine maintenance can lower the risks of unexpectant malfunctions with your garage door and opener systems.

4. Entrapment

Getting fingers caught between the rollers and the tracks is an accident happens to nearly 200 people every year. In severe cases, this has led to severe injury and even amputation, so watch where you place your fingers while the garage door is opening or closing.

5. Are You a DIY-er?

Over the last few years, we have seen more and more do-it-yourselfers when it comes to home maintenance. However, when it comes to maintaining and repairing your garage door, leave that to the professionals. Yes, we understand that this can be more affordable at times, but there’s always risk of injury if you’re not familiar with the specifics of your door. There are more than 1,600 DIY injuries per year.

If you are determined to repair your garage door yourself, be sure to study the garage door manual. If you’re still questioning things, contact the trained professionals at RCS Carolinas to take care of everything for you.

6. Falling Doors and Sections

If a garage door is not properly maintained, there’s a chance that a section, or even the entire door, can fall and cause serious harm and injury. Damage to people and cars occurs over 2,000 times per year.

Preventing this injury is simple. When you are doing your seasonal checks on your garage door be sure to tighten all bolts and hinges are in perfect working condition.


In the end, injury avoidance is generally easy. Stay educated, regularly maintain your garage door, and seek out a professional with any questions you have. If at any point you are unsure of something related to your garage door and opener, call RCS Carolinas.

Garage Door Opener Safety Tests

Garage Door Opener Safety Tests

As with all appliances in your home, you need to regularly test and provide maintenance on both your garage door and opener. Doing so can prevent injuries, accidents and undue strain on your garage door. Completing these short tests regularly will keep your door and opener working smoothly and safely.

Test your garage door balance:

  1. Disconnect your garage door from the opener by pulling on the red release cord.
  2. Manually lower the garage door, and stop it waist high.
  3. Release the door. If it goes down on its own, it needs to be adjusted. If it goes back up, the door is “hot” and the springs are too tight, automatically pulling it back up. Both scenarios put undue tension on the garage door opener, either by making it work against the door wanting to go back up, or against gravity wanting to pull the door to the ground without sufficient spring tension.
  4. The door should stay at waist height. If it does not, contact RCS – Carolina to get your springs adjusted by a professional.

Test your garage door opener:

  1. Open your garage door and place a 2×4 piece of wood lying flat on the garage floor near the center where the door will close.
  2. Close the door using the opener. When the door closes on the wood, it should automatically reverse.*
  3. If it does not reverse, this is a safety hazard and means the opener’s settings need adjusted or it may be time to replace your opener with a newer, safer model.

*Note: This test is meant for all openers produced after 1992 when automatic reversing systems became standard. If you have an opener that dates prior to 1992, or your opener does not have this function, it is not in compliance and needs to be replaced.

For any garage door or opener problems, questions, or to discuss options in new garage door openers, fill out our online contact form or call us at (704)523-8063.

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