Everyone is guilty of it: hitting the garage door remote while within the garage, and then racing towards the garage and attempting to duck under it before it closes. Most people assume that the risk is not that great – after all, a garage door reversal system will send the garage door back up towards the ceiling if you don’t make it in time, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case – garage door ducking accidents do happen.
One risk of trying to duck under a garage door before it closes is that garage door automatic reversal systems are not perfect; a faulty system may not work as it should, meaning that the garage door does not automatically stop and reverse when it detects someone passing under it. If you are unable to get out of the garage door’s path in time, the results may be catastrophic, ranging from smashed fingers to crush injuries to amputation injuries in the worst of cases.
Another reason why you should never try to race under a garage door is in the event that a garage door part – like the springs – is worn down and breaks as you are passing under the garage. If this happen, the garage door may come crashing down uncontrollably, potentially resulting in injuries that are far worse than those caused by a faulty automatic reversal system.
As an adult, running under the garage door is a bad idea for another reason, too: it sets a bad example for young kids, who are already probably curious or enthralled with the idea of seeing how quickly they can get under a door before it closes. If you have children, never let them see you engage in risky garage door business, and talk to them seriously about the dangers of playing in the garage and around the garage door.
One way that you can reduce your risk of a garage door problem and subsequent injury is make sure your garage door is served on a regular basis. Routine garage door maintenance is essential to ensure everything is working as it should. If you notice anything out of whack, it is important to contact a professional as soon as possible for garage door repairs.
At Affordable Garage Door Inc., our talented Lake County garage door professionals provide timely and affordable services. To get a free quote or schedule an appointment, contact us online or by phone today at 219-696-4279.
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