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Halloween Safety Tips From Overhead Door

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 @ 10:47 PM

While tricks and treats are on everyone's mind at Halloween, we'd like to share some Halloween safety tips! Take a look!

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Halloween Safety Tips

  • Add reflective tape to dark costumes.
  • Pay close attention when walking past driveways and through intersections.
  • Masks can limit eyesight, so consider using non-toxic makeup or a hat to achieve the same look as wearing a mask.
  • Carry flashlights with fresh batteries (glow sticks are fun, too).
  • Teach your child the best contact phone number for a parent or friend and that they know their home address, in case they get lost.
  • Halloween is a great time to refresh your children on the concept of strangers. Be sure your child knows not to talk to anyone they don’t know. (And definitely doesn’t enter anyone’s home.)
  • Remind your child to not eat any candy before an adult checks it.
  • Masks can limit eyesight, so consider using non-toxic makeup or a hat to achieve the same look as wearing a mask.
  • Always choose flame resistant costumes and accessories. This can be confirmed by looking at the tag on the costume.
  • Add reflective tape to dark costumes.
  • Pay close attention when walking past driveways and through intersections.
  • Be sure that any accessories your child carries (swords, canes, sticks, wands, etc.) are not too long or too sharp.
  • Ensure your child’s shoes fit well and their costumes are not too long, to prevent tripping.
  • Don’t let your child trick-or-treat alone. Be sure that if they don’t go with you, they are going with another trusted adult.
Safety is a priority at Overhead Door, from trick or treating, to garage door installation. For all your garage door needs, contact us!

Wishing you a safe & spooky Halloween from Overhead Door!

Tags: Home Safety

I’m Going On Vacation: Is My Home Protected?

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

Summer is coming and what family doesn’t want to take a trip somewhere? Well, like so many others, you want your home to be in the same condition as when you left it. Break-ins are a very common crime these days, sad to say, but there are ways to protect your home while you are away. So instead of wondering, “Is my home protected?” you can enjoy your vacation! Here are some helpful tips for garage security.

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Who Has My Keypad Code?

First off, you should never give your code out to anyone that you do not trust. If your house is being built and the contractor has the code to your garage, he may give it to another one of his employees. Now there are 2 people (you have no idea who they are, where they live, or what they do outside of work) who have access to your home. Not that those people are not good people, you just wouldn’t want to trust your most precious things in life with JUST anyone. One helpful tip from us is to change your code as soon as you move into your home!  (Find out how to change your code by clicking the link at the bottom.)

Change Your Code.

Another helpful tip that goes along with your code is changing your code every 6 months. This not only protects your home from burglaries, but it can also keep anyone who has your code (and don’t want in your home) OUT. Some situations come up where that is they only option that you have… to give someone your garage code. But, it is a safety precaution to change your code every 6 months.

Bring Your Opener Inside!

Something else to consider would be taking your garage door opener inside! If the vehicle that you leave at home while you are on your vacation has your garage door opener on your visor, take it inside. If you have someone trying to break into your car, they might be smart enough to see your opener and then have access to your home. You can never be too safe when it comes to your home. Following these easy steps can keep you and your family protected.

Click here for the steps you can take to change your code. You always want your home to be your safe place, make sure it stays that way!

Tags: Home Safety, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Anatomy Of Your Garage Door

Posted by Bob weidner on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Have you ever thought of the anatomy of your garage door? Probably not BUT knowing the parts of your door and how they work could really benefit you in long run. When there is a problem, you’ll know how to easily identify it and fix it or call a specialist when the job gets too big.

 

Follow along as we take you through the 7 aspects of your garage door.

 

Torsion Spring : This is used to counterbalance the doors weight in order to be lifted easily. This is the most dangerous part of your garage door. This spring is under constant tension. Tampering with it can cause serious injury so give an expert if you think the torsion spring is causing the issue.

 

Track : Guides the door up the ceiling and back. The track is one of the main aspects of your garage’s daily use. Preforming a seasonal check to make sure they are working optimally is beneficial. Make sure the track is clear of any debris or parts. If you are located in a salty area, corrosion can occur so be sure to give your specialist a call to insure you are using the right materials.

 

Roller : Rides inside the track, which move every time you open and close your garage door. Sometimes these rollers can become warn. Contact a specialist to learn more about how to properly replace them.

 

Hinge : Connect the horizontal sections. Sometimes these hinges can become noisy. A simple lubrication or oiling can fix it. If the problem continues, you may need to replace your hinges.

 

Section : The sections of your garage door are linked to the hinges and help fold the door as it is raising and lowering. Every garage door style has a different type of sectioning. These normally hold up well over time.

 

Lock Bar : Engages with the track to prevent the door from opening. This is used as a security measure to insure no one can enter your garage while it is closed.

 

Weather Stripping : Seals the door edges to prevent air flow. This prevents the inside of your garage from being subject to the elementsAnatomy of a garage door

 

 

Tags: Garage Door Repairs, Overhead Door, Garage Door Maintenance, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Garage, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Garage Safety - The Basics

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

 

Garage Safety – The Basics 


Fire Safety

 

Keeping the garage door shut at all times

Did you know the garage is a burglars favorite point of entry? Make sure you keep your garage closed while you are there AND away. An easy way for you to avoid leaving the garage open with children around is having a keypad installed. This will allow the children to type in the code without have to use a car clicker.

Also, make sure to keep the door connected to the garage locked. If for some reason someone does enter your garage, the worst thing that could happen is they enter your house as well. 

 

Lighting

Install automatic lighting around your garage door to keep unwanted visitors away.

This is also a safety precaution for your family members trying to enter in the garage in the dark.

 

Animals

A garage can be an easy “mud room” for your pets. Do not lock them in the garage without a way to enter the house or venture into the yard. Think of the garage as a car. It gets really hot with no air-containing running. 

Leave plenty of water out. A great way to give your pet access to the garage area is to install a doggy door. That way they may come and go as they please.

 

Storage

Keep your garage clean and organized. Objects can cause someone to trip and fall if they are just cluttered around. Ladders need to be hung horizontally so a child will no try to climb it. Robes and wires need to be placed along the wall to avoid tangling. And when it rains, sweep up afterwards, the smooth concrete can create quite the ice rink.

 

Cautious

A garage door is the heaviest and biggest machinery in your home. Watch for children, animals, and objects before you choose to close the garage. We suggest walking along the door line to insure nothing will be hit once the door comes down. Make sure your garage door has an automated system to stop the door when it reaches an unfamiliar object.

 

Fire hazards

Garages aren’t exempt from the rules of fire safety. With all the fertilizer, chemicals, paints, and gasoline, make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. We suggest using a Class B/C fire extinguisher.

 

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Tips on turning your garage into a gym!

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

 

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Garage Gym

 

Clear the space.

You need room to breath. Whether you need to throw a yard sale or just get organized, a gym requires space. Look into hanging things on the wall or shelving to get things off the floor. 

Add some airflow.

When you are working out, you sweat. Add some extra cool air to keep you from passing out. This could be a simple fan costing no more than $30.  Or an air condition unit costing a handful but cool air is worth it when you’re trying to break a sweat.

Keep it organized.

If you have more than one machine, sketch out a floor plan. Design your workout room so it flows and there is room to move around. When your gym looks nice, maybe you will want to work out more.

Flooring.

No one wants to lie on the hard concrete to go their crunches. Invest in a small rug or carpet to place under your machinery.

Safety First.

Always remember to keep the air flowing. Whether that is the air condition unit, a fan, or the garage door opened, just make sure not to over heat.

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

End Of Summer Garage Clean Out

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

 




Its time.

The end of summer is near and its time to clean out your garage before the cold season hits. The children are all back at school so it is time to get organized.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1.

Make sure you set aside enough time. We all know how messy a garage can get so make sure you devote a day, or even a weekend to get the job done.

2.

Get the kids involved. Try and make it a family activity, bringing everyone together. Plus it helps with decisions on what to keep and what to toss or donate. 

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Make sure you go through everything. You may have boxes full of junk that are just there to take up space.

4.

Use all your wall space. The garage is a great place to hang ladders, tools, etc. Hanging allows a lot more floor space with more room for your car.

5.

Turn it into a fun building project. DIY garage projects can be a lot of fun! Building a table or shelves can bring out the best in your carpentry self.

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Enjoy. Once it is all said and done you will be happy you did it. There is nothing better than a perfectly clean garage.

 

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Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

Protecting Your Home from Burglary

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 07:03 AM

With summer here consider these facts about home burglary:

• More than 40% of residential burglaries that happen every year are not forced entries. That means that a burglar was able to walk, climb or crawl inside of houses through a door, window or garage door that was left unlocked, open or had a flimsy lock. 


Preventing home burglary

• Most residential break-ins and burglaries happen in broad daylight -   between 9 AM and 3 PM.

• The number of home break-ins and burglaries increase significantly in the summer - especially in July and August.  During the hot summer months people are more likely to leave their windows open for ventilation; they also go on vacation  and don’t take necessary safety steps to keep their home safe while they’re gone.

Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to break into a home. Most burglars are more concerned about being seen than they are about getting into the house.  FBI studies show that almost every home has its weak points; and experienced thieves know how to find them and use them to gain access into your home.

With that in mind, we’ve created a tip list on protecting your home.

# 1. Make sure you have strong locks on your doors and windows - and use them faithfully (not only when you are away from the house, but also when you are at home).  


# 2. Don’t forget to lock the door that goes from your house to the garage, especially at night.


#3. Keep your house looking lived in.  Have one or 2 indoor lights on a timer that you use all the time at night.  Install motion-detecting outdoor floodlights at entrances, on decks and in the back yard.  Make sure hiding spots like clusters of trees, detached garages or garden sheds are well-lit.  


#4. Keep some curtains or blinds slightly open during the day - just enough to make it appear like someone is home.   Close your  curtains and blinds at night. Close and lock your windows, too, especially at night.


#5. Don’t leave your purse, wallet, credit cards out where people can see them through windows and doors Be careful about telling people that you have cash or valuables in your home, or that you just got a new TV, stereo, computer or laptop. Cash and electronic gadgets, along with tools, home furnishings, building supplies, bikes and jewelry are most often taken in home burglaries.    


#6. Cut the lawn and maintain the landscaping.  Trim the bushes all around your property to make your house more visible.  Keep shrubs in front of windows trimmed down so windows aren’t hidden from view. (Spiky low bushes like thorny barberry work well under main floor windows.) 


#7. Cut back tree branches near windows to prevent thieves from climbing the tree and using them to gain access to the house. 


#8. Don’t have large rocks or other heavy objects in your yard that would make it easier for a thief to gain entry into your house. Don’t store ladders outside. 


#9. Keep cars, tools, ladders, bikes and other equipment locked in the garage. Cover the windows in garage doors and entry doors so that thieves can’t see into the garage. Garages are a favorite target for thieves because they contain cars, bicycles and tools that are easy to fence. Also, garages are not likely to be occupied at night, so they make an easy target. Once thieves get into the garage, it's easy to get into other parts of the house.


#10. Don’t leave trash cans, papers, packages or flyers lying out for several days. Bring in your trash cans after the trash has been picked up.  Take in the mail and paper daily.  Keep your garage door closed.  If you don’t have a garage door opener, keep the garage door locked.


#11. Don’t hide extra keys under the door mat, under flower pots or in other conspicuous places outside your door.  It’s a much better idea not to hide a key outside at all, but leave an extra key with one or two neighbors you know and trust.

#12. Don't be predictable in your daily activities. If you always leave at the same time every day, are gone for about the same length of time, and return at the same time, thieves can easily memorize your routine and take advantage of the times you are not at home.

#13. If you will be gone for a few days, leave a locked car in you driveway to make it look like someone is home.  Make sure all keys, cameras, cell phones, valuable papers and the garage door opener are removed.

#14. If a stranger knocks on your door and asks to use your telephone, keep the door locked and offer to make the call for him or her yourself.  Don’t let them into the house to make the call.

#15. Don't have your name or anything beyond your house number on your mailbox or on the outside of your house 


From commercial and industrial overhead doors and access systems to residential garage doors and openers, Overhead Door combines quality, dependable products with reliable service to consistently give home and business owners confidence and peace of mind.

Want to see what a new garage door can do for you, contact us for a Design Consultation. We'll also discuss the safety features for protecting your home.

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