Garage doors have come a long way, and they’ve been outfitted repeatedly to sustain heavy winds, freezing temperatures and break-ins. That said, you’re still vulnerable to the test of time. To secure your belongings, fortify your household and protect your family, make sure the following garage door safety features are secured year-round:

 

Manual Controls

 

Even if your garage door is powered by an intuitive, durable automation system, it should still be accessible via manual controls. Manual controls ensure accessibility during power outages, securing your access. They’re also imperative for family homes. Your garage door’s manual release mechanism gives you full functionality, so you’re always in power—even when the power, itself, has gone out.

 

An Auto-Reverse Function

 

Your garage door’s auto-reverse function, meanwhile, changes your door’s directional movement. It’s important to protecting obstructing objects—or people—from the door’s weight. Any garage door openers manufactured after 1991 need to have this safety feature. That said, you should check up on your auto-reverse feature every so often. Place a solid option in your door’s path, and make sure the door reverses upon impact.

 

Movement Detection Technology

 

Finally, you should make sure your garage door’s motion detection technology is fully functional. Your door’s motion detection technology engages your door’s auto-reverse function. By transmitting an infrared light beam as your door closes, your door’s movement detection technology safeguards your children. Your motion detector has an “eye” which must be kept clean. If it isn’t, it may not register any movement—resulting in a dangerous environment.

 

When testing your garage door’s safety features, you should make sure everyone is out of the way. Every residential garage door installation, repair and check-up is deserving of safety. If you’re ordering spring replacement, cable replacement or even a garage door opener repair, make sure any children or pets are safely out of the way. Check your garage door opener’s batteries once every six months, and double-check your door’s structural integrity after any storm.

 

Your garage door was made to sustain bad weather, break-in attempts and even small-scale collisions. That said, your door might take some damage over the years. Stay up to date with your property’s needs, and talk to your provider before changing any electrical components.