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Residential Garage Door Safety

When it comes to garage doors around here at FS Construction Services, we often sound like a broken record. Your garage door is an incredible functioning luxury you tend to forget about until it stops doing what it’s supposed to, and then it becomes a huge headache. So we thought we would provide you with some garage door safety suggestions and thoughts for keeping your door in good working order and keeping yourself and others safe around it.

 

Keep Your Door Working Well with Garage Door Safety Tips

 

Springs, Cables, and Tracks

A garage door has a lot of moving parts, and those parts work the same path and track over and over again. Your garage door stretches its springs every time it opens and closes, and the same principle is true for the door’s cables and tracks. That’s a lot of work over a week, a month, a year. Light maintenance like cleaning and lubrication can help keep things in proper order, but be sure to leave any repairs or major adjustments to the professionals. Doors are heavy and can cause serious injury if mishandled.

 

Emergency Release

Take a minute to familiarize yourself with your garage door’s emergency release mechanism. You will thank us if you do this now, and not when you’re fumbling around in the dark after the power goes out and you need to open the door.

 

Photosensors and Auto-Reverse

Two of the most basic safety features of a garage door are also two of its most important. The photosensors will prevent the door from closing on anything in the door’s path. Make sure they’re pointed in the right direction and clear of debris. The auto-reverse mechanism will reverse your door’s direction if it comes in contact with an object (i.e., a car, a pet, a person, etc.).

 

Push Buttons and Common Sense

Like we said, garage doors are heavy. While most garage doors, especially newer ones, come with a variety of safety features, nothing beats simple common sense. Keep your garage door openers and push buttons out of reach of children, or even accidental pressing. And more than anything, make sure you’re always out of the way of a moving door.

 

If you have any garage door questions, whether it’s maintenance related or you’re in the market for a new one, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Which Type of Garage Door is the Most Secure?

Here at FS Construction Services we often talk about the benefits of a new garage door. Those benefits include the peace of mind that comes with a well-functioning door and the ease of use that comes with being able to open and close your door anytime, anywhere straight from your phone. One of the benefits we don’t always talk about though is security. So we thought we would take a look at which type of garage doors provide the most security because garage door safety is key.

 

Consider Garage Door Safety

 

Sectional Garage Doors

Sectional garage doors are primarily known for their security and durability, making them the most common choice in commercial applications. These doors use steel tracks and hardware, but also close with no gaps, decreasing the likelihood of forced entry.

Steel Garage Doors

As you can guess from the name, steel garage doors are strong, weather-resistant doors that can come in a variety of styles and looks. These doors run smoothly and can come with features like pinch-resistant panels.

Insulated Garage Doors

If your garage is attached to your house or you simply want further protection for what’s stored inside, you may want to consider an insulated garage door. Not only does the insulation increase thermal efficiency and improve energy use, the steel layers around the insulation also provide soundproofing and further durability.

 

With the right garage door not only can you count on dependable usage and a variety of conveniences, you can also rest easy knowing that your garage door will keep out the things you don’t want inside your garage. If you are you in the market for a new garage door or a garage door opener, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Five Simple Tips for a Safe Harvest

Large grain bins capable of storing thousands of bushels of crop and grain dryers that are able to quickly dry such huge amounts are a necessary part of agriculture. Unsurprisingly, proper safety and care taken in and around these structures and equipment is a must for any successful harvest season.

How to Have a Safe Harvest

It’s hard to believe, but we are quickly moving through harvest season. For many of our clients and many in our community this means weeks of high stress, little sleep, and hard work. At FS Construction Services we know a thing or two about working under these conditions. In the interest of keeping you safe and productive during this busy season, here are some harvest-time suggestions and safety tips for your grain bins, dryers, and other equipment.

  1. Never enter a grain bin without de-energizing (turning off) and disconnecting, locking out and tagging, or blocking off all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment that presents a danger, particularly grain-moving equipment (OSHA). Grain is not a stable surface, and when it’s moving, pockets can develop that will cause grain to act like quicksand.
  2. Do not enter a grain bin without alerting others. Make sure the person inside the bin always has someone keeping tabs on them, as well as a safety harness or boatswains chair should they need assistance.
  3. Be sure to regularly clean surfaces, filters, and other areas where excessive dust may accumulate. Grain dust is very flammable and the more dust you have, the higher the chances for an unwanted fire.
  4. Be careful not to overfill bin with grain. Not only does this prevent ventilation, but it can put unnecessary stress on your structure.
  5. Plan regular inspections. Make sure chains and bearings are properly lubricated, ladders are secure, safety shields are present, etc.

Finally, be sure to get as much rest as you can during this busy season. When you’re out in the field, be sure to pack protein and calorie-rich food to keep your energy up and combat the tiredness such a hectic time of year often brings.

We wish you a safe and successful harvest! As always, if you have any equipment questions throughout harvest let Gateway FS Construction Services know. With more than 40 years of grain system expertise, from grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we are always happy to help. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you today. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Knowing Your Garage Door Parts Can Keep You Safe

Here at FS Construction Services we always like to say that a garage door is one of those things you don’t notice until it stops working the way it should, and then it becomes something you can’t ignore. Because of this, it can also be easy to forget that garage doors are very heavy and can actually be dangerous if they are not maintained properly.

Garage Door Safety Tips

Our partners over at Raynor Garage Doors have put together a useful list of things to keep in mind with your garage door and its specific parts.

  • Section Joints are the joints between garage door sections. Think of this part of the garage door like the gap between the door and the wall when you open any standard door. It may fit your fingers when it’s open, but it certainly won’t when it’s closed. When manually opening a garage door, be sure to keep your fingers away from these section joints.
  • Corner Brackets are the brackets that are attached to the bottom corners of your garage door. The cables responsible for raising and lowering the garage door are attached to these brackets. Because of this, these brackets are under tension, and should only be removed by a professional.
  • Extension and Torsion Springs balance the garage door and provide lifting power. These springs should only be serviced by a trained technician.
  • Photoelectric Eyes and Sensing Edges are the sensors that send an invisible beam across the space of your garage door. If this beam is obstructed, by a car, a foot, etc., the garage door will stop closing. Making sure these sensors are functioning properly is necessary when it comes to keeping your stuff and you and your family safe.
  • Lift Handles and Pull Ropes allow you to manually open your door in the event of a power outage or a malfunctioning door. Make sure any ropes can’t accidentally hook onto anything when opening normally. Additionally, when opening or closing a garage door manually, be sure to keep fingers, toes, and other body parts clear of the door.

If you are in need of a new garage door or in need of garage door services, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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5 Tips for Staying Safe Around Power Lines this Harvest

While this year has certainly been a year unlike any other, the realities of the ebb and flow of time haven’t changed a bit. After spring came summer, after summer came fall, and harvest, as it always does, has arrived. While many of us have had to take a number of extra precautions in our everyday lives this year, the high level of caution needed during harvest has remained the same. And while there are many safety tips and practices to bear in mind, we here at FS Construction Services wanted to take a little time to talk specifically about staying safe around power lines.

Stay Safe this Fall Around Power Lines

There’s no way around it, as a farmer, at some point in time you’ll be working around electrical equipment. Often, you’ll be working around electrical equipment in large, tall machines. We have compiled some information from Safe Electricity to have on hand as a reminder this year.

  1. Know when you’ll be working areas near power lines. Have a plan to keep everyone safe.
  2. Use a spotter to help keep you at least 10 ft. away from power lines in all directions.
  3. Be careful when raising augers. Use a spotter if necessary. When not in use, lower equipment extensions as low as they can go.
  4. This may be obvious, but never attempt to move a power line, even if it’s in your way.
  5. If any equipment you are on comes in contact with a power line, don’t leave the equipment. Call professionals to come and safely de-energize the line. If the equipment is on fire, jump as far away from the line as you can, with both feet together, to keep a current from flowing through your body.

There is, of course, much more that could be said, but hopefully none of this information is new to you and is simply a reminder. We wish you a safe and successful harvest this year. If you have any questions about grain systems, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.