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