Garage doors are invaluable assets that improve security, enhance curb appeal, and protect vehicles and other equipment from the elements. However, these doors are heavy working machines and can pose numerous safety concerns. Every year, many people — both adults and kids — receive injuries from garage doors. Luckily, you can prevent garage door accidents and increase your family’s safety with these tips.Continue reading “Garage Door Safety Tips For Homeowners”
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But for most, realizing those benefits requires a few updates to make the garage senior-friendly.Continue reading “Prepare Your Home for Aging in Place, Starting With the Garage”
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We talk a lot about making more of your garage, and garage door maintenance, but what about garage door safety?
If you’ve got small children, or pets then you’ll want to make sure that your garage and your garage door is as safe as possible.
Here’s what we recommend
1. Garage doors are not toys
Whilst it may seem obvious, garage doors are not toys, and shouldn’t be played with. They are heavy and the springs are under a lot of tension.
2. Garage doors are not for children
Garage doors are not for children, and they should not be encouraged to open and close the garage door by themselves.
Make sure that they are supervised whenever they use the garage door, and that they know about the rest of the garage door safety recommendations.
3. Keep the remote controls away from children
Remember to keep the remote controls for your garage door opener away from children.
Whilst you might let them open or close the garage under supervision, it’s not a good idea to let them use the remote controls by themselves.
4. Never walk or stand under a garage door in motion
It might be tempting to try and get in or out a bit quicker to save time or to get out of the bad weather, but you should never walk or stand under a garage door that it is in motion.
5. Keep hands and feet away from moving parts
Remember to keep your hands and feet, and any loose items of clothing or long hair away from the moving parts of your garage door.
It only takes a sudden gust of wind, or to be distracted, and you or your child could be tangled up in the mechanism.
6. Watch the garage door when opening or closing it
If you can’t see your garage door, you can’t see what’s going on. It only takes a second for a pet or a child to get in the way.
Also, remember that if your children have a habit of leaving their bikes and other toys near the garage door, you won’t see them if you can’t see your garage door.
7. Maintain your garage door
Looking after your garage door will ensure that it is in working condition, and that you spot any damage or wear before it becomes a problem, and your door won’t open or close properly.
8. There is a risk of electric shock
If you’ve got an automatic garage door opener, then you’ll know that it uses electricity.
Making sure that you protect yourself and your family from electric shock is of paramount importance.
If the casing is damaged, or there are exposed or damaged wires, get it fixed properly straight away.
If your door is damaged perhaps due to bad weather, or a car driving into it, then get it fixed straight away to avoid further damage.
10. Get the professionals in
If you’re not comfortable and confident about fixing your garage door, or repairing your automatic door opener, then don’t even try.
Get the professionals in.
Now you know more about garage door safety, and what you can and can’t do yourself, why not get your garage door serviced or a Free Estimate, and make sure that you, your family and your home are safe?
Call 651-702-1420 now and tell us how we can help you.
You use your garage for tinkering and storage. Often your garage becomes the starting point for major projects such as landscaping or car work.
You leave boxes full of old rags or used paint cans in your garage that you don’t really want to store in your home.
As a result, you see your garage either as a place for fun projects or common chores.
Odds are you wouldn’t see it as a threat.
However, garages can cause a major fire hazard:
Nearly 6,600 garage fires start every year, causing 30 deaths and 400 injuries.
Garage fires cause around $457 million dollars in property damages every year.
Despite the danger, you can make your garage safe when you take the right precautions. We will show you some of the best ways to eliminate fire hazards in your garage.
Read on to discover the specific fire risks you face. If you correct them, you will have a home safe from garage fires.
Why Garage Fires Are Dangerous
A survey of garage fires found that they are more likely to cause injuries and extensive property damage, making them more severe than other residential fires.
What makes garages such a danger to the rest of the home? Fires in the garage have plenty of air and fuel necessary to get started.
Garages are home to many flammable materials such as fuel and work rags.
Perhaps more significantly, garages give fires a structural advantage.The low spot in the home allows fires to spread to the rest of the home quickly.
Garages that have lower ceilings can give the fire more avenues to move out of the garage. This is especially true if a bedroom sits above the fire.
The furnishings give the fire extra food, while the fire also blocks the window exits.
With these factors in mind, you can develop a three-pronged strategy to prevent garage fires.
- Get rid of fire starters
- Second, reduce the fuel that a potential fire has access to
- Make sure you can stop the fire from spreading to the rest of your home
Get Rid of Fire Starters
Fires need a spark, heat, or flame in order to catch.
If you remove potential starters form your garage, you can rest assured that you won’t see a major fire.
The following methods can help you neutralize the different fire starters in your garage.
- Ensure the best electrical wiring in your garage. Electrical wiring is the number one cause of garage fires.
- Use lightbulbs with proper wattage that don’t overload your wiring.
- Don’t leave charging appliances alone in your garage and never use an extension cord to charge an appliance.
- Never leave flammable chemicals in direct sunlight. The heat can cause them to explode.
- Don’t mix chemicals. This can start a fire or create deadly fumes.
Reduce the Fuel in Your Garage
Garages are places for flammable items, and in some cases that is unavoidable.
However, it’s best to remove as many fuel sources as possible.
You can prevent a large fire from burning out of control if you keep flammable materials out of the fire’s reach.
Use these tips to make your garage safer.
- Remove clutter like paper and oil rags from your garage. A cluttered garage provides the initial fuel that builds fire to unmanageable levels. Make sure you secure oil rags in separate, air-tight containers and place them far from any heat sources.
- Store oil, gasoline, paint, and propane in a separate shed. Even if they catch here, the fire will stay localized in the area. This rule is especially true of propane tanks. The pressurized fuel will explode if it catches on fire, sending deadly fragments through your home.
- Keep other flammable liquids away from any appliances. Store them in small quantities only.
Install Safety Features to Contain a Fire
If a fire does happen in your garage, you need to contain the fire immediately.
Safety features and fire-resistant home improvements can keep the fire in your garage until emergency services can come help you.
Use these ideas to determine which upgrades work best for your home.
- Upgrade your garage walls and ceiling with Type X fire-rated gypsum. This material will block fires from spreading, giving your family time to exit your home.
- Get a 20-min fire-resistant door that is self-latching and self-closing. This will prevent a fire from entering the living area of your ho
me before you can escape. Never have a doggy door on your garage door.
- Install an attic hatch cover if your attic entryway is in your garage.
- Purchase a heat alarm for your garage, rather than a smoke alarm. Heat alarms work better in the dusty environment of a garage.
If you want to use your garage as a work station or a place to tinker, the threat of fire means you need to take steps to stay safe.
We have given you a variety of strategies to remove ignition sources, reduce available fuel, and contain a fire.
With these strategies, you can reduce your chances of ever experiencing a garage fire.