There is nothing more important to most people than their children. Keeping children safe is priority one for your Neighborhood Garage Repair Team. These are suggestions to keep your children safe in the garage.
What to Teach Your Children About Garage Doors
Many children are curious about how things work and want hands-on experience when something catches their interest. Show your child the parts of your garage door that are dangerous. It may help them to understand how they can get hurt.
Show Them the System
Show your child the moving parts of the garage door system. Show them how the various parts work. Include these:
- The photo eye sensors are four to six inches above the garage floor by the tracking. Show them how it makes the auto reversal work. The photo eyes have to be in alignment to ‘talk’ to each other. If they get bent or broken you need to know.
- Cables run up the sides of the door and lift the door. At no time should they ever put their fingers in the cables area.
- The doors springs. The torsion bar spring is usually in the header of your garage. It is under a lot of pressure and can be dangerous. The extension springs run horizontally down the track. Explain that these springs make a door that weighs up to 400 lbs feel like 8 to 10 lbs, so you can lift the door by hand if needed. If your child ever sees a broken spring in the garage it is important he lets you know immediately.
Rules For Garage Door Safety
These are some suggested ‘rules’ to share with your children:
- Children should wait at least 5 feet away from the door while an adult operates it.
- Remotes and keypads should only be used by adults. Children should never use the remote or control panel to raise and lower the door. Never play with mom or dad’s key chain. Install keypads high enough little fingers can’t reach them.
- Do not get close to the door while it is moving. Wait until the door is completely stopped before going under it.
- Never put your fingers on any moving parts. There are several pinch points and areas they could hurt them.
- The garage is not a play area. Never run under the moving door. Never climb on the garage door, whether the door is opening or closed.
- Older kids should watch out for the young ones. Ask older children to help keep the little ones safe. Never use the garage as a play place to run under the garage door. If the light sensors stop working one of them runs the risk of the door dropping on them.
- Never give out the passcode. Remind your children the keypads security code private and not shared with anyone. If they do use the keypad they should always cover the pad with their hand when putting the code in.
Call us For Garage Door Repairs
If you notice anything in your garage that needs checking or repaired, your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is here to help. We can check your system to make sure it is operating safely. There’s nothing more important than your family’s safety.