Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners
If you are the owner of a garage door, it is very important that you consider the following tips regarding maintaining a safe and secure door and operator:
1. Properly perform routine maintenance on your garage door system.
2. Garage doors with operators feature an emergency release device that can be readily identified-red cord with a red handle. This is required by law for the purpose of quick disengagement of the operator. It should never be modified, including the addition of a zip-tie for the purpose of security.
3. Removing the red handle is not recommended and strongly discouraged. The handle is required by UL 325 and federal law. It is for emergencies such as a child being trapped under the door.
4. At your discretion, frosting the garage door windows (if applicable) will obscure visibility into the garage.
5. Adding motion-sensing exterior lights outside your garage, unwanted guests are less likely to attempt entry into your garage at night.
6. Leaving the remote control to the garage door operator in your automobile can be an invitation to a thief or undesirable person to enter your house; just like leaving the key to your house in plain view.
7. Contact a professional garage door service to inspect your garage door system, at least annually. A periodic inspection and maintenance visit by a professional can save you headaches and money in the future.
8. Check the surroundings of the roller tracks. Move items that may come in contact with a moving door such as a shovel, broom, or trash can.
9. Have your garage door monitored by a security system just as you would any other door or window in your home, and /or install a garage door monitoring system to verify and help you remember to close the garage door.
10. A very basic and simple tip: remembering to keep your garage door closed can help you protect your home and property. If you must have your garage door open, lock the entry door between the home and the garage.