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Garage Door Safety by the Numbers

With summer upon us and the kids are home full-time, the garage door is getting more use. We want to remind homeowners of the possible dangers related to their garage door system. Your garage door is heavy, weighing anywhere from 100-600 lbs, so it is always a good idea to think about safety around this largest moving part in your home. Here are seven important tips when it comes to keeping you and your family safe around your garage door.

Family Playing Around Garage

#1 It Is Not For Play

The garage door and garage door openers are not toys, they should not be played with. If misused they can cause serious injury, or even death. Children should not be allowed to play around the garage door or the opening system.

#2 Keep Your Eyes On The Door

When you are opening or closing your garage door, keep the door in view the entire time it is in motion. This will allow you to ensure nobody, especially children or small animals attempt to enter the garage as the door is moving, which could lead to them being caught under the door as it closes.

Garage Door in Motion

#3 Stay Clear Of The Door In Motion

When the garage door is moving up or down do not stand or walk under it. You should never try to race to exit the garage door as it as closing.

#4 Know Your System

Consult the owner’s manual for your garage door opener to make sure you know how to use the emergency release feature. You’ll need this to open the door if the electric opener goes down or you have a power outage without a battery back-up opener.

#5 Visual Inspection

Each month, visually inspect the door, springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys to check for misalignment or signs of wear. If you notice any problems, you should not attempt repairs yourself, but call a professional.

Garage Door Inspection

#6 Test Auto Reverse

Each month, place a 2×4 board flat on the floor in the path of the door. When the door makes contact with the board, it should immediately reverse directions. If your garage door opener was manufactured before 1993, which is when the auto-reverse feature became a standard feature, you should consider replacement.

#7 Call In The Professionals

Annual maintenance helps ensure your door is in good working order. If the springs or cables are in need of repair, it is essential to seek a professional service technician. These items can be under immense pressure that when not working properly, could cause serious injury or death. If the garage door does get backed into, even if everything appears ok, it is a good idea to have it checked by a professional. The door could have a small misalignment, which could cause premature wear or a dangerous situation.

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