The garage door is one of the most common entries to our home. Most families use it as their everyday entrance. We often share our garage door codes with others, which is easier than trying to track down front door keys you’ve lent out. Keeping your family safe around this heavy piece of machinery is important and should be a consideration especially with small children.
Curiosity is natural for children, and this extends to many things that we see as simple parts of everyday life. Giving them a chance to see how the entire garage door system works and to understand what each part does, will stop them from wanting to explore parts of your garage door on their own. You never know, you might learn something too!
Here is a breakdown of a few of the parts you can show your kids.
The Garage Door
The first thing to makes sure they know is how heavy that door really is. They can range between 130 to over 400 pounds. That’s as big as a grown gorilla! Having an understanding of the simple weight of the door will make sure that they know to be careful when playing around the front of your house.
Garage Door Springs
The springs do all the heavy lifting and make it a lot easier for the door to open and close. These springs are under a large amount of tension to make the opening and closing of your garage door as smooth as possible. If this part of your garage door breaks, it is very important to bring in a professional to replace these parts.
Garage Door Hinges
The hinges help the door panels to bend as it moves up and down. If these become loose, the door will not be able to open properly and could cause damage to the door or the mechanical parts of the system. Your children should be careful not to touch any part of the garage door while it is moving. Best practice to the only open or close the door while at a safe distance, inside the house or at a safe distance in the driveway.
Garage Door Track
Your door is hooked onto this track that guides the door into the ceiling of your garage. If you door gets stuck in the opening or closing process, this could be a problem with the track. Make sure that your children know that they should be very careful to keep their fingers away from these at all times. Check out this list of 10 Garage Door Safety Tips.
Garage Door Sensors
Most sensors are located near the floor and help determine whether there are items beneath the garage door that would stop it from closing properly. This is great to show your children, not only for their own safety, but also for the safety of their bikes or other toys that are likely to be left laying around in your front yard.
Garage Door Services in Nanaimo
Alpha Doors has been working for over 21 years to keep garage doors working smoothly and prevent any potential injuries. To keep your garage in the safest condition possible, make sure to have it maintained and serviced by a trained professional. Give us a call today (250) 758-7456.