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Garage Door Safety Month 2019: Keeping your Pets Safe

Garage Door Safety Month 2019: Keeping your Pets Safe

June 5, 2019

Basic procedures for garage door safety should be taught to everyone in your home. Knowing what is safe and what is not when operating your garage door can make all the difference. For family members who cannot be taught best practices, such as pets, it’s important for us to keep them safe.

When Operating Your Garage Door be Mindful of your Pets

  • Do not leave your garage door open for your dog or cat.

The springs on your door are what keeps it from slamming closed. As they age, the tension lessens and the door can drift downward on its own and hurt your pet. A better alternative is to install a garage door with a pet door. This allows safe and easy access for cats and dogs to enter or leave your garage.

  • Do not allow or encourage dogs or cats to chew on cables.

Your cables are attached to your springs so they are under intense tension. A frayed cable can snap and injure your pet or you.

  • Do not tie your dog or cat to your garage door.

Please remember that your garage door is not stationary. Whether your door is manually or motor operated, your pet is in danger of serious injury or death if it is tied to a moving garage door.

  • Do not encourage “race the door” games with your pets.

While there are safety precautions are in place for motor operated doors to stop a garage door from closing. Many times, a pet or person playing “race the door” is moving too fast for the safety device to register and is at risk of being hit by the garage door.

  • Always check the top of your open garage door before closing it.

Cats, in particular, like to perch on the highest possible point in a structure with the best view. Many cats see an open garage door as prime territory. A cat resting on top of an open garage door may be unable to outrun or get off the closing door in time and can be seriously or fatally wounded.

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