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Garage Door Safety Tips

When was the last time you had a garage door service on the Gold Coast?

It’s easy to overlook servicing garage doors. A garage door—especially an automated one—is a convenience of modern life. Even if it’s a door that needs to be opened manually, it flies in the face of convenience to bring out the spanners and screwdrivers.

Convenience aside, garage doors can present many possible dangers to you and your family, and even your pets.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Recently, an inquest in England heard about witnesses trying unsuccessfully to save 40-year-old social worker, Heidi Chalkley. Ms Chalkley was crushed to death by the metal rollers of an automatic door at the entrance of the garage under a block of flats.

Thankfully, incidents such as this are very rare. But we can see from this tragic incident that electronic motors are understandably powerful when they are expected to provide property security and durability.

Garage doors should be regarded in the same light as any other heavy-duty machinery or appliance. Proper operation and regular maintenance is recommended.

Don’t wait for an incident to occur or until you can’t open your garage. Ordering a garage door service on the Gold Coast should be scheduled at least twice a year.

5 GARAGE DOOR SAFETY TIPS

  1. Stand Clear

    • When the door is opening or closing, keep yourself and other people clear until the operation is completed.
    • Allow space for the door to operate. A tilt-door will swing outwards at the base. Park too close and your vehicle could be damaged.
    • Whether leaving or entering a garage, don’t be tempted to drive on through trying to beat the door closing. Doors can move faster than you might imagine.

     

  2. Child Care

    • Be mindful about where you leave your garage door remote. Mount the controls high enough on the wall to keep them away from tiny fingers.
    • Warn others, especially children, to keep away from moving mechanical parts and to wait until they’ve stopped moving.

     

  3. Be Watchful
    • Keep an eye on your surroundings when the door is moving.
    • Make sure people or pets do not try to enter or leave the garage when the door is in operation.

     

  4. Accidental Damage

    • If your garage door has had an impact, it’s essential to get it checked, even when no visible signs of damage are evident.

     

  5. Schedule a Garage Door Service on the Gold Coast

    • Avoid attempting any repairs yourself unless you are a trained technician. Tensioned cables and springs, as well as electrical components, can inflict serious injury and even death.
    • Have your garage door inspected and maintained by a professional technician at least twice annually.

Contact us today

For your garage door service on the Gold Coast, phone Gold Coast Door Centre on 07 5535 5100. We have a solid reputation and more than 20 years’ experience in garage door installations, repairs and maintenance. In the meantime, explore our website: www.goldcoastdoorcentre.com.au

You might also like to read our previous post about maintenance you can do yourself:

How To Maintain Your Garage Door

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