In our experience, most pets and children are afraid of garage doors. They emit loud sounds from the motor and it can always be startling to be exposed to the weather outside. Because of how loud and large garage doors are, it’s no surprise that pets are terrified of them. However, we understand that having an indoor and outdoor cat is also a challenge. Seeing as the garage door is technically an entrance to your home, you might be wondering about the benefits of installing a pet door for your garage. Before you go ahead and make that decision, it’s important to focus on garage door safety tips.
How To Keep Your Pets And Kids Safe From The Garage Door
If you are new to owning a home with an attached garage, it’s likely that you feel anxious about the effects it can have on your pets. To ensure they’re safe, make sure you always know where your pets are roaming before and after a garage door is opening or closing. Consider putting pet barriers or gates near the door attached to the garage. This way they’ll never be able to get into the garage without you knowing. These gates can especially come in handy if they get startled by the noise of the garage door and want to inspect it themselves.
The same logic extends to your children as well. Make sure you know their whereabouts. Are the kids able to access the garage door opener? Make sure children can’t make their way inside the garage without supervision. If you’re worried, consider placing cameras inside the garage – this can come in handy even beyond the safety of your kids. While we’re discussing the garage, how is your sensor working? Are your door springs rusty? When did you last get the door inspected? In other words, make sure your garage door is operating the way it should be. The best way to get ahead of a potential accident is to have your overhead door inspected and repaired. You never know what can happen if your pet or child wanders into the garage and gets their hands on an extra remote lying around. Call us today to help you with a garage door inspection.
Having a Pet Door: Pros and Cons
If you want to give your outdoor pet or cat the ultimate amount of freedom, it’s likely that you’ve considered installing a pet door. Although it might seem like a simple solution, some suggest not to do it. First and foremost, you should always have your pets stay away from the garage door. As we’ve mentioned, garage doors are dangerous fixtures that could hurt your animals. By giving them a safety door that’s attached to the garage, it might make them too comfortable with the door moving. If your animal confuses the moving door with an entryway while you’re backing out of your garage, you could be dealing with some serious pet injuries.
However, there’s a reason why pet doors are popular with homeowners. If you trust your animal and have trained them well, garage doors with a pet door can be a great installation.Some may be comfortable with the installation since the weather conditions outside might vary and your pet may need to run it quickly. These doors help accommodate your busy schedule and the pets’ necessity to urinate or play outdoors and safely come back inside to the garage in case of an emergency.
Installing A Pet Door
If you think a pet door is the right decision for you and your pet, consult a garage door installation company to receive a quote. Installing a pet door can be relatively difficult if you do not have experience with tools or working on garage doors, so it’s important to seek out licensed professionals. Once your pet door has been installed, spend time training your pet to not use the door while it’s moving to ensure they’re safe!