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ODC Brookfield – Safety Month Press Release!

ODC Brookfield - Safety Month Press Release!, Brookfield, Connecticut

June Is Garage Door Safety Month – Look, Listen, Learn & Remember

Brookfield, CT (6/1/2020) – June is Garage Door Safety Month, an initiative of the International Door Association (IDA). To keep you and your family safe, Overhead Door Company of Brookfield in Brookfield, CT is participating in Garage Door Safety Month this June and is available to discuss important safety issues and tips for garage door safety.

Overhead Door Company of Brookfield has been in Brookfield for over 40 years,” says Mark Hunihan. “We care about the safety of our customers and want to help keep families safe.”

Overhead Door Company of Brookfield offers easy to remember tips for garage door safety:

LOOK at the garage door, springs, cables and rollers for wear and tear

LISTEN for grinding or scraping sounds

LEARN

  • Keep the garage door opener and remote control out of reach of children
  • Keep fingers and hands away from door sections and moving doors
  • Keep garage doors closed and remote controls out of sight to deter them

REMEMBER if you find any concerns regarding your garage door, contact a trained garage door professional.

If you suspect any problems with your door system, contact Overhead Door Company of Brookfield at 203-740-7691.

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June Is Garage Door Safety Month!

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Garage Door Safety Month​

June is Garage Door Safety Month, and seeing as how we’re the inventor of the upward-lifting garage door, we wanted to share some tips on maintaining the security and safety of your garage door. Did you know that more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit through the garage? The garage is the most-often used entry point of the home, opening and closing an average of four times a day. With that amount of foot traffic it’s important to keep track of your garage door activity and ensure you are maintaining a safe, functioning garage door.

Maintaining the security of your garage door:

Managing the activity of your garage door is easy with OHD Anywhere™​, with this application, you can control and monitor your garage door from anywhere with your Apple® iPhone or Android phone or device. You can check if your garage door is open, closed or if there is any change to the door position. You can instantly know that someone is operating your garage door and open the door for anyone such as delivery, repair person or friends without having to provide the access password to your garage.

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OHD Anywhere™ uses a sensor attached to the garage door which is an important security advantage versus other systems that monitor the opener instead of the garage door position. You are alerted as to whether the door changes to the fully open or closed position even if the door is operated manually by disengaging the door from the opener. OHD Anywhere™ delivers convenience, control, peace-of-mind and safety all in the palm of your hand. Another great tip while on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit, or use the vacation lock security switch on the wall console, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

Garage Door ​Safety Tips:

1. Keeping your garage door in working order is also important to safety. Test the reversing mechanism by placing a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, replace the garage door opener with a new one that has safety beams and auto-reverse as a standard feature.

2. All garage door owners should make sure that their little ones are kept safe when playing in or around the door. Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of children and their small fingers and do not let them play with garage door remote controls.

3. Visually inspect the garage door for wear and tear. Pay particular attention to springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension and should only be fixed by a trained garage door professional.

If you find there is an issue with your garage door or opener, make sure you contact one of our authorized Red Ribbon Distributors for service. These garage door repair professionals are fully trained on how to properly (and safely) fix your garage doors.

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3 Steps to Winter-Proofing Your Garage Doors

3 Steps to Winter-Proofing Your Garage Door, Brookfield, Connecticut

Your garage door is a feature of your home that you probably use daily but don’t think much about. It adds curb appeal to your property and helps keep your valuables safe, which is why it’s smart to keep up with regular maintenance throughout the year. As winter approaches, the temperature change can affect your garage door’s functionality, so utilize the checklist below to make sure you’re prepared.

How to Prepare Your Garage Door for Winter

1. Check the Weather Seal

Prepare your garage door to help you hold onto more heat. Start by inspecting the seal on the bottom of your door and the weather stripping around your door. Even a tiny crack can quickly pull warm air outside, allowing heating costs to increase. If you notice any damaged or missing weather seal, be sure to have it replaced before the freezing temperatures arrive.

2. Lubricate

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Your garage door is comprised of numerous moving components that allow it to open and close like hinges, springs, and cables. Cold temperatures cause these metal parts to shrink slightly, putting stress on the joints where they meet. All of these parts require lubrication occasionally, but especially in the winter. Before freezing temperatures hit, use a spray lubricant on the bearings, hinges, and springs. To ensure the lubricant is evenly distributed in all the joints, run the motor a few times.

3. Check the Electric Door Operator

During frigid temperatures and winter storms, having access to your garage is crucial. If the door remote isn’t working properly, you could find yourself stuck outside in unfavorable conditions. Before the peak of the season, have a technician inspect your garage door keypad and remote to ensure they work. Keep a replacement battery on-hand, so you can still use your garage if the original dies. 

Now is the time to get your garage door and electric operator serviced by an experienced Overhead Door Company of Brookfield technicianbefore you’re stuck with a broken cable and can’t get out. For over 25 years, this Better Business Bureau®-accredited company has provided residential and commercial customers throughout Fairfield County, CT, with top-quality repairs, replacements, and maintenance services. Visit their website to learn more about what they do, and call (203) 740-7691 to request an appointment today. 

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Wall Street Journal Exposes Millions of Fake Google Maps Listings

At any given time, there are over 11 million fake business listings on Google Maps. Over the last several years, the garage door industry has been plagued by this issue. Fake companies create listings on Google Maps, and attempt to disguise themselves as a local company in hopes to receive business from customers searching for the legitimate local companies within their area. Recently, Door & Access Systems Magazine published an enlightening article about a story that the Wall Street Journal published on the fake Google listings, and how it pertains to the garage door industry. The following article was published in the Fall 2019 issue of Door & Access Systems Magazine.

Wall Street Journal Exposes Millions of Fake Google Maps Listings

© 2019 Door & Access Systems
Publish Date: Fall 2019
Author: Tom Wadsworth
Pages 36-42

The garage door industry has taken another hit in the news media, thanks to the garage door repair scammers. But this hit might result in some positive change for our industry. On June 20, 2019, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), one of the top three newspapers in the United States by circulation, published this story online: “Millions of business listings on Google Maps are fake – and Google profits.” The same story, by Rob Copeland and Katherine Bindley, was published in its print editions with this title: “Google maps filled with false listings.” The article opens with the unfortunate experience of 67-yearold Nancy Carter of Falls Church, Va. After finding her garage door to be “stuck,” she used Google Maps to find and call a local garage door repair company. As the WSJ reported, she later learned that the repair company had “hijacked the name of a legitimate business on Google Maps.” The tech “fixed” her problem for $728, which was nearly twice the cost of previous repairs. Plus, the repair was “so shoddy it had to be redone.”

It’s all about Google Maps

But this story is not about the problems of garage door repair scammers. It’s about the problems of Google Maps and how they affect the garage door industry. “Google Maps … is overrun with millions of false business addresses and fake names,” said the Journal’s report. The garage door industry has known about this problem for years. So how did the WSJ find out about it? WSJ reporter Rob Copeland shared the background to his story in a July 3 podcast. He said he discovered the problem when he went to Mountain View, Calif., to visit Google’s headquarters. Before heading to Google, he did a Google Maps search for personal-injury attorneys and found 12 in Mountain View. Since he had rented a car, he took the time to actually drive to all 12 offices. He was stunned to find that only one of these offices was real. Many of the fakes were located in strip malls, office buildings, or construction sites. (The fake listings were used to solicit phone calls.) After he arrived at Google’s offices and reported his experience, Google apparently fixed the problem quickly. As he reported in his story, “the fakes vanished.” Lesson #1: Google can do something about this problem. But it helps when the Wall Street Journal

reports the problem to Google.

11 million fakes/day

“Hundreds of thousands of false listings sprout on Google Maps each month,” Copeland reported, citing expert sources. “Google Maps carries roughly 11 million falsely listed businesses on any given day.” How does this happen? WSJ reporter Katherine Bindley, co-author of the story, found some answers. She located a company in Hanover, Pa., that “can place as many as 3,800 fake Google Maps listings a day.” As Bindley noted in the July 3 podcast, she visited that company and learned that it has another staff of 25 in the Philippines. That’s where they generate the fake listings, charging $99 for one phony listing and up to $8,599 for a 100-pack. She reported that Hanover company to Google, who replied that they were investigating its operation. Amazingly, shortly thereafter, tens of thousands of the listings disappeared. Lesson #2: Google can do something about this problem. But it helps when the Wall Street Journal reports the problem to Google. (Yes, this is the same as Lesson #1.)

Google responds

On June 20, Google posted an article on its blogsite, directly responding to the thrust of the WSJ article. The post, titled “How we fight fake business profiles on Google Maps,” was written by Ethan Russell, the product director for Google Maps. Russell attempted to put the problem in perspective by noting the massive size of Google. He said, “Every month we connect people

to businesses more than nine billion times,” adding that Google gets millions of contributions each day, such as new business profiles, reviews, and star ratings. At the same time, Google is acutely aware of “business scammers (who) … use a wide range of deceptive techniques to try to game our system,” he said. “As we shut them down, they change their techniques, and the cycle continues.”

Fighting the problem

“We take these issues very seriously,” he said. Google is fighting the problem by using ever-evolving manual and automated systems. Russell wouldn’t share details about those efforts, saying that doing so might actually help scammers. On the positive side, Russell noted Google’s progress on this matter in the last year alone. He said that Google took down more than 3 million fake business profiles, noting that “more than 90% of those business profiles were removed before a user could even see the profile.” He also said that Google partially relies on users to report fake business profiles. More than 250,000 of the deleted fake business profiles were reported by users, he said. Google also disabled more than 150,000 user accounts that were found to be abusive. Russell said that this represented a 50% increase from 2017. It wasn’t clear whether the increase was due to improved monitoring by Google, increased scammer activity, or perhaps both.

Lesson #3

It was also noteworthy how quickly Google responded to the WSJ article. Russell’s response

was posted on June 20, on the same day the Journal’s article appeared in print. Lesson #3: Google can do something about this problem. But it helps when the Wall Street Journal reports the problem to Google. The good news is: Google is intensely aware of the problem, and they openly solicit your help in identifying these false listings.

 

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