According to statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around 13,000 suffer injury at the hands of their garage door, each year. Around 60% of these injuries are sustained in crushing or pinching incidents. However, the good news is that many of these scenarios are completely avoidable, so we’ve compiled our top five tips to ensure that you and your family never put yourselves in danger.
- The garage door control panel should be mounted at least five feet above ground level; well out of the reach of little hands. In addition, children should never be allowed to play with remotes. The only time they should ever be allowed to use them is under adult supervision.
- Your owner’s manual should have details of your door’s emergency release feature. It’s worth practising this simple operation one or twice a year. It ensures the release mechanism is operating properly and it also gives you the opportunity to make everyone who will operate the door ‘au fait’ with releasing it. If there’s anything you don’t understand, feel free to contact us; our staff are fully-qualified and will be happy to talk you through important points, such as this.
- Never leave your garage door partly open as, when you come to use it, it may drop into the ‘closed’ position first, hitting anything in its way.
- It’s worth taking the time to explain to children the dangers involved surrounding garage doors, such as pinching and crushing. In addition, you should encourage children to play away from the door, particularly when it is open or in motion. Although it might be inconvenient for a time, you might want to set an example by never walking near the door when it is either open or moving.
- You can test the garage door by placing something in its path as you close it. Most doors will open after making contact; if yours doesn’t, then contact us and we will arrange a qualified technician to come and inspect the problem. It’s worth noting that it’s rarely worth undertaking any repairs yourself, as this can affect your guarantee. We consider inspections and repairs as part of the service we offer, so give us a ring; we’ll be only too happy to help.