Monthly Archives: September 2018

Keeping Children Safe around Garage Doors

Garages can be fun places for kids even as kids are now back in school for the fall. Parents know that kids like to get into the best of places and perhaps the worst of places also. However, garages can cause injuries even potentially turn deadly if the proper safety requirements are not taken into consideration. Garage doors are a serious business.

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Much Heavier than Any Other Door in Your House

A typical garage door can weigh anywhere from 160 to 200 pounds depending on the materials for a 16 x 7 feet standard. This is not something to take lightly. You can take extra precautions to ensure your child’s safety by installing outdoor lights in your house premises near the house and garage entrance. You can use LED pole light, arm-mounted area light, etc., to keep the patio and other exterior spaces illuminated. You can explore such fixtures in your local market or online through companies similar to Olympia Lighting. Additionally, you can also get your garage door checked for any malfunction and get it repaired.

Think about this way. A garage door can weigh as much as a grown man. Yes, please allow us to repeat that statement. A garage door can weigh as much as a grown man. If the proper safety precautions are not working, there are many things to take into consideration. For instance, if a garage door doesn’t have garage door eyes, it may not be able to detect if a small child is running around underneath the garage door. If the garage door eyes aren’t working properly, it still may not be able to detect child at play.

Garage door springs and tracks can also pose risks for children. As children may love touching just about everything, you do not want them touching the panels of the garage door or parts around where small fingers can get stuck. Please take extra precaution when allowing your kids to play in or around the garage.

Garage Door Safety Inspections

Regular garage door inspections by trained professionals can tell you if there are any indications that need to specifically be addressed to keep your kids safe. Should you have any questions regarding those inspections, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Also, because garages are frequently subjected to rainwater damage or humidity, it is necessary to clean the garage door and complete the space regularly. Mold spores can be spread by stagnant water or constant moisture in the air. Mold and water problems are closely linked, so if you notice stagnant water in your underground garage and it’s not addressed it right away, mold will most likely follow. It not only endangers the health of the residents but also causes long-term property damage. Mold, which feeds on and degrades organic matter, has the potential to cause significant structural damage in a structure. As a result, if you notice water leakage, accumulation, or even constant moisture in the air, you should get a mold test done immediately and get rid of it as soon as possible.

Anyway, please know that at Accent Garage Doors we take safety seriously. We don’t cut corners around safety. At the end of the day, we don’t want anything to happen to your loved ones or ours. We value our customers and consider them our friends. When servicing your garage door we can provide insights and suggestions to ensure that your garage door, home, and kids are safe.

We are a Utah based organization covering the Wasatch Front servicing, installing, and maintaining garage doors. Remember that when you think garage doors, think Accent Garage Doors.

What to Do if You Are Stuck Inside the Garage

What should you do if the power is out and the garage door will not open automatically? Is it time to panic? No.

Follow these simple steps to open and close your garage door manually with confidence.

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To Open a Garage Door Manually:

  1. Make sure that your garage door is fully closed you can do so by checking the surroundings for the door. A quick question to ask would be if the garage door appears to be in the correct spot as when it normally closes automatically?
  2. Disconnect the power for the garage door opener. This will prevent risks associated with the electrical motorized components for your electronic garage door opener.
  3. Pull down on the emergency cord to disconnect the door from the garage door opener. Please note that on most garage doors this is a red rope with a handle on the end. Upon pulling, the manual release will disengage the trolley from the attachment on the rail. The garage door will then be in manual mode. Please note: you need to be careful because when the garage door is up there is a chance it could come crashing down, the same applies for portable garages too.
  4. Lift the garage door straight up until the door is fully open. Verify that the garage door will remain open before leaving it unattended. As an additional caution for safety, please also make sure that you watch your little ones to stay away from the garage door at this time.
  5. As long as the garage door springs are correctly balanced the garage door will open easily with the lift handles and stay in place. If for whatever reason you find the garage door difficult to open, contact a professional technician like Accent Garage Doors to check the garage door to avert any potential damage or posed safety risks.

To Close a Garage Door Manually:

  1. Close the door manually until it reaches the floor.
  2. Lock the door. When the automatic opener is disconnected the door is not securely shut until you manually slide the lock bar.
  3. Reconnect the opener when the power comes back on. Make sure the door is unlocked when the opener is reconnected. Electrically opening the garage door with the lock bar in place can cause major damage.

One way to alleviate challenges associated with the loss of power in your home would be to invest in an automatic garage door opener with backup power. Accent Garage Doors can help you select an appropriate automatic garage door opener that would fulfill those requirements.

Accent Garage Doors is a Utah based company specializing in all things garage doors servicing the entire Wasatch front. Accent Garage Doors specializes in garage door repair, installation, and maintenance. When you think garage doors, think accent Garage Doors.