Warmer months have finally arrived in Alberta! And with the beautiful weather comes more time spent outdoors, family gatherings, barbecues, yardwork, and tidying up around the house. It comes with no surprise that garage door usage increases during the summer months which makes June a fitting time to raise awareness for garage door safety.
Although garage doors are convenient and useful, the sheer size and weight of a garage door makes them one of the most dangerous parts of a property. Unfortunately, thousands of garage door accidents occur each year that result in serious injury.
The International Door Association designates June as Garage Door Safety Month. As a professional garage door company, we want to help promote safety and educate the public about the importance of commercial and residential garage door maintenance and repair. Keep reading to learn more about how you can increase the safety of your garage door system and prevent serious accidents.
Garage door safety tips
Talk about garage door safety with your kids – Unfortunately, some of the most common garage door accidents involve children who hang on to the door as it lifts up or gets their fingers caught between the panels as it closes. To young children, the garage door may seem harmless and even fun to play with.
Remind your children about the basics of garage door safety such as avoiding the doors when they’re moving, keeping hands away from garage door components, and never playing with the garage door opener.
Don’t ignore small issues – Big issues often accumulate over time from problems that are seemingly insignificant, such as a weird noise or the door being slightly off track. It’s important not to ignore small issues. No matter how trivial they may seem, give us a call and we can take a look. Remember, the most important thing here is your safety and we want to make sure that your door is working as it should.
Most of the time, small issues are a quick fix – whether the tracks need to be lubricated, the door needs to be realigned, or a component needs to be replaced. This brings us to our next point…
Schedule routine garage door maintenance – A garage door system is made up of components and is powered by a motor that can wear down over time. And just like any machinery, it needs regular maintenance and inspection. Yearly appointments will help extend the life of your garage door and ensure its safety. At Overhead Garage Door Company of Lethbridge, Calgary & Cranbrook, we perform regular inspections of all garage door components and replace them as needed.
Contact us for all of your residential and commercial garage door needs. We provide both on-call and regularly-scheduled maintenance to keep your garage doors operating efficiently year-round. With office locations in Lethbridge, Calgary & Cranbrook, you can count on us to be there when you need us.