What are common garage safety hazards?
Your garage door is likely the largest and heaviest moving object in your house. Having a garage door fall on a person could cause injury or even death.
“Jamming fingers in moving doors, particularly the older panel doors that hinge together, is a common garage door safety hazard,” Martin says. “But crushing hazards are more dangerous. Never stand underneath a moving door, and always wait for a door to come to a complete stop before going underneath it. You should keep garage door remotes out of reach of young children and restrict them from playing in or around the garage doorway.”
Keeping your garage neat and tidy can also help eliminate garage incidents.
Do garage doors need servicing?
Garage doors should ideally be serviced by a qualified professional every one to two years.
"Signs that your garage door needs maintenance or repair include loud squeaking or squealing, jerky movements, jamming, or running very fast on the way down and noticeably slower on the way up,” Martin says. “If your garage door has any visibly worn or loose parts, or if the door hasn’t been serviced in the last two years, it also needs a service.”
Misaligned tracks, loose rollers, worn-out springs and frayed cables are all common servicing issues that could cause your garage door to come off its tracks, jam shut, or slam down unexpectedly.
You can book a garage door maintenance or repair service in just a few minutes online. If your garage door breaks down and you need it fixed as soon as possible, rapid response teams from RACV Emergency Home Assist can help you out.