Avoid Disaster with These 10 Garage Door Safety Tips
Your garage door is one of the largest moving objects in your home and this fact should not be taken lightly. Know the dangers and keep your family safe with these 10 safety tips:
1. Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of children
The push button wall control should be at least 5 feet from the floor and placed where you have an unobstructed view of the door.
2. Don’t let kids play with the garage door
Every year, children get injured from playing with garage doors. Kids face serious injuries from riding the door, racing in and out as the door closes, and playing with remote controls. Do not give your children easy access to garage door remotes and explain that these devices are not toys.
3. Teach kids about garage door and opener safety
Children should know more than “don’t touch.” Tell your children why garage door openers are not toys. Show your children how to operate the garage door safely. Explain to them the dangers of being pinned under the door.
4. Don’t attempt “the garage door dash”
Adults are not exempt from trying to race underneath the door as it closes. Today’s garage doors have photo eye sensors to prevent doors from closing on objects; however, many people still get injured from running under closing doors.
5. Watch your fingers
Fingers can get caught in between the rollers and tracks if you are not careful. This accident can result in severe injury and even amputation. Keep your fingers away from a moving door and consider choosing a pinch-resistant door design.
6. Know how to use your emergency release feature
Your garage door opener comes with an emergency release cord that allows you to disengage the opener and open the door manually. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions.
7. Test the reversing mechanism
Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism each month by putting a 2 x 4 board in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after reaching the object, contact us for professional repair.
8. Inspect your door
Visually inspect your garage door monthly. Take a look at the springs, cables, pulleys, rollers, and track and observe their condition.
You can test the balance of your garage door by using the release mechanism and lifting the door by hand. The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and stay open around 3 to 4 feet above the floor. If this is difficult to do, your door may be out of balance.
9. Don’t repair cables or springs
If you do not have training or experience working with garage door springs, keep your hands off of them. Improper handling or disconnection of springs can result in a trip to the hospital. Springs and cables are under high tension and require special tools for adjustments. Repairs on these parts should be left to the experts.
10. Invest in photoelectric eye sensor beams
If your garage door opener doesn’t already come with photoelectric eye sensor beams (photo eyes), you should consider getting a new opener with this safety feature. Photo eyes are mounted on either side of the garage door bottom and send an invisible beam across the door’s path. When an object obstructs the path of the invisible beam, the door will automatically reverse to an open position. Photo eyes are standard on Genie Pro Openers.
Your garage door should be in the best working condition. Contact us to inspect your door and perform preventative maintenance.