Keeping your family safe from harm is something you probably take very seriously. But there is a large, heavy threat in your home that can be dangerous that you might not even realize. Your garage door may not seem dangerous, but it’s big, it’s heavy, and it moves. And if it’s not treated the right way, serious accidents could happen.
Garage door injury claims are on the rise. But you don’t need to be scared of such a functional part of your home. With a little care and maintenance, your garage door will do its job safely. Here are some garage safety tips to keep your family safe and your garage door in perfect working order.
1. Keep garage door controls out of the reach of children
This includes the opener button inside the garage and the remote controls you use in the car. Children see buttons to push and don’t realize how dangerous putting the door up and down can be.
2. Perform routine inspections on the various parts of the door and tracks
This also includes making sure the safety sensors attached to the bottom of the rails are in place and functioning properly. This will ensure that if a person or animal moves in front of the sensors when the door is closing, the sensors will automatically stop the door. You should also periodically check the rails, springs and door joints to make sure they are in good working order.
3. Exercise caution when the door is in motion
To avoid getting fingers pinched between the door panels don’t touch the door when it’s in motion, or be very careful if you do. Be sure to tell your children to keep a safe distance from the door when its moving. And never let anyone “ride” the door while it is opening.
Take care of your door
Your garage door is nothing to be afraid of. It’s a necessary part of your home that protects your vehicles and personal items. But like other machinery, it needs to be cared for and treated with respect. If your garage door is older or isn’t working properly, it might be time to think about replacing it. Although it can be a large expense, it will be worth it to have a safe and reliable garage door.
At Ahlander Injury Law, we specialize in helping you recover from accidents by getting you the compensation you need. Our talented staff knows the law and they will provide the help you need. Contact us today and see how Ahlander Injury Law can help you get back on track.