At first glance, the title of this article may seem absurd. How could garage doors in New Jersey or anywhere be unsafe? But like many essential elements of modern households, garage doors require care and proper operation in order to be safe to use. Fortunately, there are a few pieces of easy to remember, common sense advice that can help to ensure the safe, orderly operation of this vital part of your home.
There are several garage door features that are potentially risky if you don’t take the appropriate precautions. Although most modern automatic garage doors include a sensor and capacity to reverse, some of the older ones may not. It is therefore possible to have a foot or other body part get caught between the door and the ground. Even newer models may malfunction, although they are tested for safety. Still, in order to ensure their smooth operation, it’s a good idea to get your automatic door checked by a professional to make sure its sensors are still operating smoothly.
Springs are another point of concern. Garage door springs are often under enormous tensile pressure and if they are mishandled they could recoil and seriously harm a person. This also applies to cables attached to the spring. It is usually best to confine yourself to a visual inspection when looking at elements of the garage door system that involve springs and cables. If you suspect that something is caught in the cable or that another problem is interfering in its normal operation, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call a qualified professional to come and have a look at it.
This advice is equally applicable where an automatic opener is involved. Such openers can be electrified and should not be tampered with. While a stuck or unresponsive garage door is deeply frustrating, resist the temptation to fix it yourself. Amateur tampering with electrical equipment can be very risky. You are better off paying the very reasonable fee of a capable garage door repair company in your part of New Jersey than making a trip to the emergency room. Instructions on interacting safely with these delicate parts of your garage door system can be found in Garage Door Care.
Though it may not seem as obvious as some of these other tips, it is also important to keep the tracks (as well as hinges and rollers) for your garage door in good repair. Most of the time this requires semi-annual lubrication of the relevant parts. Though it may not seem as obviously dangerous as some of the other risks outlined here, if you are relying on getting into your automatic garage to get into your house and it jams, you could end up stuck in the cold New Jersey winter.
Though this all sounds very serious, garage door repair NJ can be a breeze. Following these steps and knowing how to safely inspect and maintain your garage door will keep you and your family happy, healthy and safe.