Your home’s garage is important. Really important. It’s also an area susceptible to wind damage, water damage and even theft. Likely, your garage area stores important projects, your car and—of course—entry into your home. It’s important to maintain your garage door’s health, and it’s even more important to fortify your home’s security. Whether you’re considering a residential garage door installation or even a fix-up, the five safety tips below can help.


Safety Tip One: Learn About the Emergency Release


Your garage door has an emergency release feature. This feature is important, because it can spare your door’s structural integrity during harsh weather. It’s a white and red cord on your garage door’s opener—and it’s attached to a red handle. Required by law, this handle can spare your entire garage when used in an emergency. Read your garage door’s user guide, and brush up on your door’s safety features.


Safety Tip Two: Don’t Leave the Door Open


Sure, a breeze is nice. Or, maybe you have kids who duck under it. Regardless, leaving your garage door half open is asking for disaster. A half-open garage door can move downward upon its activation. If anything—or anyone—is in the way, they may be crushed.


Safety Tip Three: Inspect Your Door Regularly


Regular garage door inspections are important, and they can ensure your garage’s rollers, cables, springs and pulleys are safe from long-term damages. If you notice any structural problems, make sure they’re repaired immediately. Contact a technician for assistance.


Safety Tip Four: Keep the Door in View


When opening or closing your garage door, make sure it’s in full view. Additionally, make sure no adults, animals or children are in the way. While your garage door may seem like it’s controlled by its track, a single misstep—or a damage—can cause it to fall, harming anyone in its way.


Safety Tip Five: Check for Misalignment


Misalignment is one of the leading factors in garage-door-related damages and injuries. If your garage’s operating system has become misaligned, it might’ve worn down prematurely. In such cases, a dangerous environment might exist.


Door Power has been in business since 1967, and we’re ready to take care of any garage door repairs needing attention. Your garage door’s tracks, opener, safety features and usability are incredibly important—as is your home’s security. Don’t hesitate to call if you feel your garage door has been damaged. Sometimes, a little precaution goes a long way.