Garages are great for a whole range of reasons—storage, home projects, play—but, for all of those reasons, they can also pose safety and security challenges. Through the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), the Overhead Door Corporation has prepared this list of garage door safety tips for keeping everyone and everything safe and secure.
- Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.
- Do not let children play with garage door remote controls
- Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature
- Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.
- Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
- Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.
- Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.
- While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
- If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.
- A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.
Although they are convenient, electric driveway gates can be very dangerous. There are many safety features and devices designed to decrease the risk associated with using these gates. Some of them include the safety edge, induction loop, and fail-safe. This article will give you a few safety tips for using electric driveway gates.
One of the most popular safety devices for electric driveway gates is the photocell sensor. The sensor uses active infrared beams to monitor the area. If a car or person trips the beam, the system will prevent the gate from closing until the obstruction has been cleared.
Another common safety feature of electric driveway gates is the safety edge. A soft, and collapsible material is installed on the leading edge of the gate. If this soft edge comes into contact with an object while the gate is closing, the system will reopen the gate and prevent it from closing. These are commonly used on sliding electric driveway gates when there is a risk of children or pets entering the area of the gate.
Another safety measure you can take when using electric driveway gates is to have an induction loop installed. The system uses wire loop in the shape of a rectangle to create a magnetic induction field above the wire. The magnetic field will detect overhead vehicles and prevent electric driveway gates from closing while the vehicle is still above the induction loop.
Electric driveway gates should always have a fail-safe system. This consist of having a way to manually override the system in case there is a power outage. You will be able to open the gate safely even when the power is out. Most cities have laws requiring electric driveway gates have a fail-safe system.
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