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While having kids in the house, parents are very cautious about seeing potential dangers all over the house and go to child proof everything from closet doors, to toilets, to electrical outlets, but many overlook one of the biggest dangers to our children: the garage door. With school starting, many kids are making the trek to and from school by themselves, and may kids will use the garage door to enter and exit the house. Here are a few safety tips to teach your children and help them stay safe around garage doors.

Teach your kids to be safe around garage doors

Garage Door Functionality and Safety

Some of these things should go without saying, but…

Don’t let your children play with the remote controls to the garage doors. Place them out of reach of young children.

Don’t let them play with the push button on the wall that opens and closes the garage. When placing the manual operating button, always install the button at least 5 feet from the floor and away from any moving parts once the garage door is moving. Mount it in a place where you can safely see the garage door open and close.

Don’t let your child ride or play on the moving garage door. Believe it or not, it is not an amusement park ride.

Routine Garage Door Maintenance

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Today there are so many safety features in place that garage doors are quite safe, but like with anything electronic, they can break. It is in your and your child’s best interest that you perform routine monthly safety checks to make sure all the safety functions of your overhead door are working properly. Check all the springs, rollers, pulleys, cables and tracks of your garage door. Check that it is well oiled and the door balanced.

Garage Door Reversal Test

Most garage doors today should come with a reversal safety feature. If anything is in the way of the garage door, underneath it or simply running back and forth in front of it, the garage door should reverse or stop it’s action immediately. A good way to test this is to put a paper towel on the ground where the garage door would close. If the garage door does not detect the paper towel and reverse its action, then it’s time to call a professional and have them do a quick inspection of your garage door and it’s safety features.

Colorado Overhead Door Company

COHDC LogoAt Colorado Overhead Door Company we can replace any opener part that isn’t functioning properly, such as the motorlogic board, or photo eye sensor. If your garage door won’t respond to your remote, we will make sure it’s replaced with an effective model. With our great pricing and friendly servicemen, we are easily the top choice for garage door replacement services in the Front Range. Call us today for a free estimate.

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