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How to Keep Your Garage Safe from Intruders

When thinking about your home security, you might not think about your garage door being a common entry point for criminals. Commonly we think of windows, front and side doors.

If you don’t have a proper security system in place, your garage door is actually a very common point of entry for burglars. This post will go over some necessary steps you can take to keep your home and your garage door secure.

 

1.      Invest in a Garage Door Opener with Security Features

Most garage door openers on the market now have rolling-code technology, as well as fingerprint recognition. Both of these features make it really difficult for criminals to open your garage door. If you call Perfect Solutions Houston, we are happy to give you a quote on any opener that has these features!

 

2.      Lock the Interior Door in Your Garage 

If you have an attached garage, you most likely have a door connecting your home to your garage. Usually when you leave the house, you leave this door open. Why lock it if it’s in your garage, right? Makes for easier access when you are going and coming. But it should be kept locked, especially when you are away. You should also consider installing a peep-hole and a deadbolt on this interior door, just like the exterior doors to your home.

 

3.      Keep Your Garage Door Closed

Duh, right? A lot of homeowners however leave their garage doors open during the day while they are home. While a criminal might not walk up and steal something in broad daylight or when you are home, but they will get a good look and what you have inside that would be nice to steal when you are away.

 

4.      Use a Remote Key Chain 

A common safety hazard is having your garage door opener inside your car. If someone breaks into your car and takes the remote, they can use it to break into your garage and home. A key chain remote stays with you, not your car, which is better security.

 

5.      Install Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights

A quick homeowner weekend project is to buy and install outdoor motion sensor lights around your property. The best places are around your garage. These lights help keep your home safe since intruders don’t enjoy being in the spotlight!

By investing in a better, updated garage door opener, locking your doors, keeping your garage closed, using a key chain opener and installing motion sensor lights – you can make great strides in improving the safety and security of your garage door, and your home!

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Five Ways to Avoid Garage Door Accidents

Your garage door may seem innocent enough and safe, but there are some cases where garage doors can cause injury to some people.  The sad thing is that these injuries are the fault of the garage owners themselves and are totally avoidable. If you want your family to be safe from garage door accidents, you can minimize the risk by implementing some safety measures.

Keeping Your Garage Doors Safe

Just like any device, garage doors should be used with caution to prevent damages and accidents. Here are some ways to keep you and your family safe from garage door accidents:

  1. Keep the remote out of children’s reach.

One of the common dangers of garage doors comes from children playing with the remote to open and close the door. Not only will this damage the door, it can also harm your children if they are underneath the door when they close it. To avoid this, hide your garage door remote in a safe area out of children’s reach. If you have a door leading from the garage into your home, keep this door locked when children are at home to prevent them from going inside this area.

  1. Always open and close all the way.

When opening the door to get inside your garage, always make sure that it is opened all the way. If it is only partially open, it will put too much tension on the spring, which can snap and send the door crushing down. If a person happens to be under the impact site, he can get seriously injured.

  1. Check the reversing mechanism monthly.

The reversing mechanism ensures that if the garage door is closing and it notices that something is underneath the door, it will go back up to avoid accidents. However, some conditions prevent it from doing so, like for example if the sensor is covered in dust. To test if the mechanism works, place a tissue roller on the bottom of the door and close it. If it reverses, then it is good. If it does not reverse, contact a garage door technician right away.

  1. Learn how to use the emergency release feature.

The emergency release feature ensures that you can manually open the garage door in case of power outages.  If the garage door accidentally closes on someone and their feet are trapped, you can use this to open the door in a hurry.

  1. Always check the garage door.

Visual investigation at least once a week can help keep your garage door safe. You should check the spring for any signs of wear and tear. Also, listen to the sound your garage door makes. A squeaky sound may mean you need to lubricate the parts.

Monthly Maintenance is Necessary

A garage door in good condition is a safe door.  This is why it is important to invest in monthly garage door maintenance with a reliable garage door company.  Having professional technicians check the condition of your garage door may be the best safety strategy of all.  The tech will be able to check and determine if your garage door needs repair before any accidents can happen.

Nobody has to get injured because of garage doors. As a garage owner, you should never neglect your garage door and follow the tips above to make it safe.

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