11 August 2008

Is your garage safe?

With the improving of People’s standard of living, more and more people driving cars instead of walking. Some of them have their own garage, so the garage’s security has become a important matter in our life.

First of all, the garage door is the key of the garage security. The garage door not only need guarding against theft, but also fireproofing. So some garage door is also a fireproof door. Garage doors can be made out of many materials, but steel, wood. and vinyl (polyethylene) are the most popular depending on the geographic area.

An automatic garage door opener is a terrific convenience and gives a certain sense of security as well. But modern technology has turned another convenience into a potential security risk!

When you last pushed the button on your remote control, who would've thought that you made it possible for an intruder to grab your frequency code with a device referred to in the industry as a Code Grabber? This electronic device stores the code and creates a golden opportunity for a thief to enter your home once you've left.

To stop this problem from happening, make sure that you purchase a garage door opener with rolling security codes instead of a fixed code.

Lighting is imperative when it comes to security. Make sure that you purchase a unit with lights. These lights automatically come on when opening or closing the door and create a safe and secure environment when entering your garage at night.

Many overhead door openers in apartment garages have their open delay times set too slow when entering or leaving the building. Make sure that your unit has a protective beam. This beam (when driven or walked through) prevents the door from coming down and crushing objects beneath it. When you are sure that you have this beam on your unit, make sure that the open time is not longer than five seconds. This will prevent the sneak thief from entering your building.

And remember, whenever you leave your home always make sure that your overhead garage door has closed completely, otherwise you might just find a few items missing when you arrive home!

It's always a good idea to check the operation of your garage door and opener as the seasons change. Minor fluctuations in temperature and moister air can cause your garage door or opener to need minor adjustments. The best way to check your door operation is to disengage your garage door from the opener by pulling the emergency release rope (always do this with your garage door in the closed position). Operate the garage door manually; a well-balanced door will operate with 10lbs to 15 lbs of force. If your garage door feels heavier than this we recommend contacting your local garage door opener specialist to adjust the balance weight of your garage doors. Performing this simple procedure can avoid costly repairs to your opener, identify garage door problems and prevent accidents and injury.