Garage Door Safety Month
June is Garage Door Safety Month, and seeing as how we’re the inventor of the upward-lifting garage door, we wanted to share some tips on maintaining the security and safety of your garage door. Did you know that more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit through the garage? The garage is the most-often used entry point of the home, opening and closing an average of four times a day. With that amount of foot traffic it’s important to keep track of your garage door activity and ensure you are maintaining a safe, functioning garage door.
Maintaining the security of your garage door:
Managing the activity of your garage door is easy with OHD Anywhere™, with this application, you can control and monitor your garage door from anywhere with your Apple® iPhone or Android phone or device. You can check if your garage door is open, closed or if there is any change to the door position. You can instantly know that someone is operating your garage door and open the door for anyone such as delivery, repair person or friends without having to provide the access password to your garage.
OHD Anywhere™ uses a sensor attached to the garage door which is an important security advantage versus other systems that monitor the opener instead of the garage door position. You are alerted as to whether the door changes to the fully open or closed position even if the door is operated manually by disengaging the door from the opener. OHD Anywhere™ delivers convenience, control, peace-of-mind and safety all in the palm of your hand. Another great tip while on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit, or use the vacation lock security switch on the wall console, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
Garage Door Safety Tips:
1. Keeping your garage door in working order is also important to safety. Test the reversing mechanism by placing a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.
2. All garage door owners should make sure that their little ones are kept safe when playing in or around the door. Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of children and their small fingers and do not let them play with garage door remote controls.
3. Visually inspect the garage door for wear and tear. Pay particular attention to springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be fixed by a trained garage door professional.
If you find there is an issue with your garage door or opener, make sure you contact one of our authorized Red Ribbon Distributors for service. These garage door repair professionals are fully trained on how to properly (and safely) fix your garage doors.