A sectional garage door can be a great addition to your home. Not only does it offer protection from the elements, but it also adds an extra layer of security for your family and your possessions. However, like any mechanical feature, a sectional garage door carries several safety risks. For families with children – or anyone who is concerned about the safety of those in the home – there are a few areas to be aware of and avoid. Not only will this keep you and your loved ones safe, but it also will protect your door from damage.
The biggest safety concern area on sectional overhead doors is the springs. Springs are extremely important to the function of your door as they are used to counterbalance the weight of the door, making it possible to open and close with ease. Most residential garage doors have either one or two torsion springs (depending on the weight of the door). These springs are tightly wound and are continuously under extreme tension. If a spring breaks or snaps, it can cause extreme injury. To keep your children safe, make sure they understand they should never touch nor go near the springs on the garage door.
Another area that is under extreme tension and should be avoided is the garage door bottom brackets. These brackets need to stay tight and can cause injury is they are either loosened or removed through accidental contact.
Finally, the last area your children should avoid is the cable area of the garage door. The cables traditionally are on the side of your garage door, and are attached to both the spring system and your bottom brackets. Over time, cables tend to fray or wear down. While this is a natural occurrence, it also puts them in danger of breaking or snapping. If this happens, serious injury can result to anyone near by. For this reason it is best to stay a safe distance away from them at all times.
To help keep your children safe and your garage door working properly, have a discussion with your children about the necessity of staying away from these areas of the garage door.