A garage door is probably one of the heaviest moving objects found in the home. For this reason it is very important to teach your children about garage door safety. The garage is not a safe area where kids should be playing. If children are going to be darting in and out of your garage you should make sure that you door has some advanced safety features. There are some features that can be added to a garage door to ensure optimum safety. For example, safety beams and photo eyes are an extremely important part of the garage door. They can protect children and pets, and even save their lives. As long as the beam remains unbroken the door will continue to close. If a person or pet, or even a piece of paper should break the beam, the door will instantly rise back up. This is an exceptional safety feature that should be installed on every garage door.
The safety beam is an infrared light that sits near the floor of your garage. If something blocks the beam when the door is closing, the sensor will automatically make the door rise back up. It’s basically a motion detector that can ultimately save a life. These safety beams help protect you and your family from accidents and serious injuries. Also, they help to protect garage door companies from being sued by families who have experienced these types of accidents.
You can purchase a new door with safety beams already included with the door or you can purchase safety beams separately starting at about $150-200. If you are not sure how to install a sensor beam, seek help from a professional garage door repair company. A few safety precautions can go a long way! Make sure your garage door is equipped with sensor beams.