You rely on your garage door to work properly and not break or injure someone else, but this isn't always the case. With pets that hang out around your garage, there is the risk that they will get injured from a faulty garage door. With these safety tips, you can reduce the risk considerably.
Have a Safety Sensor Installed
Many newer garage doors already come with this technology, but if your garage door doesn't have one, now is a good time for an upgrade. A safety sensor, sometimes called a safety eye, recognizes when someone or something is in the way of the door when it is trying to close and will stop the door from closing all the way. So if your dog is standing right underneath the door, the door won't close until it moves. It is a very important safety feature to have.
Never Leave the Door Cracked Open
This is a common mistake made by people who don't know any better. If you want more air in your garage, either leave the entire garage door open or open a window. If this is a common problem, you are better off having a window installed in your garage to ventilate it properly. Leaving your garage door closed almost all the way, except for a small gap, makes it enticing for dogs and cats to walk underneath it. If they do this when the door fails and shuts down on them, you have a major incident on your hands. It is best to avoid this as much as you can.
Get it Maintained Regularly
Many issues with garage doors can be prevented simply by having it inspected and maintained on a regular basis. The springs and cables need to be inspected routinely, as these can lead to major incidents with your pets if they fail. The springs could snap, which would cause the entire door to come crashing down, possibly injuring a pet that was too close. Speak to your garage door professional to discuss how often maintenance should take place. Make sure you are not doing repairs yourself, but are leaving them to a professional.
Install a Pet Door in the Garage Door
If you have dogs or cats that spend a lot of time in the front yard and often like watching you work in the garage, a better option is to install a pet door in the garage door itself. This gives your pets full reign over making it from the garage to the front yard and back, without having to worry about the door injuring your pet when it is open or cracked.