Staying Safe Around Garage Doors

When one of my children was playing with our garage doors a few years ago, we heard a piercing scream that we will never forget. She had gotten her fingers pinched in the side of the door, and we knew that we had to help her--and fast. Because of our quick actions and first aid, we were able to take care of the problem. After we returned home, I started thinking about ways to keep our kids safe around garage doors. This blog contains loads of helpful information about maintaining your garage doors, looking after your curious children, and preventing serious injury.

A Safe Home Is A Happy Home


It's important for everyone to make sure they do what they can to make their home as safe of a place as possible. However, it's especially important for anyone who lives in a rougher area to make sure they take every extra step necessary to secure their home as much as they possibly can. If you live in an area where you have higher odds of having your house broken into, then you should follow the advice below to protect your home:

Put up thick blinds

You want to have blinds put up that provide you with full coverage. This will prevent people from being able to peer into the house in order to watch you, see the layout of your home or to take inventory of your belongings.

Put up window guards

Having window guards installed on all the windows will help to decrease the chances of someone entering the home through the windows. The guards come in different colors and styles, so you can choose ones that look as if they are being put up for decoration, rather than security.

 Install a security system with cameras

Having a security system put in with cameras will work as a huge deterrent for anyone who may be thinking about victimizing your home. However, if someone does go through with breaking in, the cameras will record them and the system will alert the household and the authorities.

Have deadbolts installed

Make sure that you have all of the locks on the doors leading to the outside checked. They all need to have deadbolts on them. If they don't, then you want to have a locksmith come out and put deadbolts on them as soon as possible.

Secure your garage door

You need to make sure your garage door is secure. If you have a garage door that doesn't open automatically, then make sure it is secured with a very high quality lock. If you do have a garage door that opens automatically, then take a zip tie and use it to secure the emergency latch that's located near the ceiling by the motor and mechanism. This way a burglar can't open the garage door from the outside with a thick wire. If you have an older one, you may want to opt for a new garage door altogether.

The sooner you go through your home and start working on making it a safer place, the sooner you will feel better each time you lock the door behind you.


23 November 2016