by Ralph Brady
Brady Home Inspection
As a home inspector my main concern is for the safety of the home for people. For many people their pets are almost like a member of the family. I feel that way with my cat. Just last week I heard of a another cat that was killed the week before by a garage door opener. This is the third story that I have heard from people who personally lost their pets to the garage door opener. The single most important thing to prevent this from happening is to have properly working and operating sensor eyes at the base of the garage door. The eyes should be no more than 6 inches off the ground. To protect pets, it would probably be best to keep them 2″ – 4″ off the ground. If you have an older garage door opener that does not have the sensor eyes, then it may be advisable to get one with them, especially if you have pets.
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