5 Ways to Teach Your Child How to Stay Safe around the Garage Door
The garage door is a very dangerous place for people of all ages, but especially children. Adults can generally think more quickly and they understand the consequences if they see a garage door falling and they don’t move immediately. Children often get caught up in playing and don’t pay attention or move quickly enough to prevent serious injury around garage doors. Here are five ways to teach your children how to stay safe around the garage door:
- Garage Doors are Not Toys:Don’t ever play near or under the garage door. Don’t hang toys on the under-side of the garage door while it’s open, and don’t ever park your bike near the garage door.
- The Garage Door Opener Remote is Not a Toy: Remotes are fun to play with; we understand! But don’t play with the garage door opener remote. It isn’t a toy.
- Moving Parts Can Hurt You! Chains, tracks, and rollers can pinch fingers or worse. The moving parts in the garage door opening mechanism can break bones or trap you so you can’t run for help.
- Always Tell Mommy or Daddy: Make sure your child knows that they can come to you with any concerns they may have about the garage door. If it moves when it shouldn’t, or if their siblings or friends get too close, it’s okay to tattle to protect someone’s safety.
- Coloring Sheets: The Internet is a gold mine of printable coloring sheets for everything from learning ABCs to, yes, garage door safety. Look for coloring books, activity books, and coloring sheets that reinforce garage door safety.
Remember: Garage Safety and Garage Door Maintenance Go Hand in Hand
Garage door safety is something all parents need to teach their children at a very young age. Children can easily become trapped by a moving garage door and suffer severe injury or worse. Make sure your child understands garage door safety, and keep the garage door well-maintained as a preventative measure as well. Here are some maintenance tips, or you can call us at 813-885-3667 to schedule regular maintenance for your garage door or garage door opener.
- Sensors and Auto Reverse: Every garage door opener manufactured after 1993 has to have an auto-reverse option. Test the sensors a couple of times each year to ensure that they are working properly.
- Balance: The garage door should move easily on the tracks even when you’re manually opening or closing it. Cut all power from it and manually open and close it to test the balance. You shouldn’t have to force it open or closed.
- Quality over Style and Functionality: A high quality garage door will last much longer than a pretty garage door with added functionality. Make sure you’ve purchased a high quality garage door and garage door opener with a nice warranty.
- Routine Maintenance: Regular maintenance, including lubrication as needed, will ensure that your garage door is operating properly.
We offer several coupons throughout the year to help save you money on quality services and parts. Check out our coupons page for more information. Call us at 813-885-3667 to schedule an appointment for a consultation or to discuss how to keep your child safe around the garage door in detail.