Garage Door Safety

Did you know June is Garage Door Safety Month? With your garage door being the heaviest and largest moving piece of your home, it’s important to eliminate potential dangers from the equation. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from garage-door-related accidents.

Keep it kid-friendly

Make sure your garage door opener keypad and remotes are out of reach.

  • Don’t let children play with the remote.
  • Securely store anything that can be climbed on (stools, ladders, ropes).
  • Teach your children that a garage door is not a toy.
  • Never allow a child (or anyone) to hang off the door.
  • Always keep an eye on kids in and around the garage.

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Don’t race against the door

Many people of all ages get injured from running under a closing garage door. Although newer garage doors have sensors that stop the door from closing on an object (that includes humans) in its path, avoid the temptation to make a quick dash underneath a moving door.

Never hang onto your garage door

Like children, nobody of any age or size should ever climb or hang onto a garage door—especially when it’s moving.

Watch your fingers

Fingers can easily get caught in between the rollers and tracks, resulting in serious injury. The best advice? Keep your fingers away from a moving door.

TIP:  A pinch-resistant door can prevent injuries like squished fingers.

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Leave your garage door closed

Not only does a partially open garage door run the risk of closing on something or someone if it gets activated again, but it also decreases your home’s security.

Test, test, test

  1. Test the auto-reverse. Place a 2 x 4 board in the door’s path. If the door doesn’t reverse after reaching the object, contact us for a maintenance inspection and repair.
  2. Test the force. Push up when the garage door is closing or down when it’s rising. If the door doesn’t stop, give us a call so we can identify the problem.
  3. Test the balance. Using the release mechanism, lift the garage door by hand. If the door is really resistant, doesn’t lift smoothly, and/or won’t stay open three to four feet above the floor, it’s likely out of balance and requires maintenance.

Check the safety photo eye sensors

These sensors play an important role by preventing the garage door from closing on anything in its way. Simply place an object in the path of the door before closing it. If your garage door doesn’t stop and reverse, chances are, your photo eye sensors need to be replaced or repaired.

TIP: Never move or remove photo eye sensors, as you run the risk of serious injury or even death if the door closes while you’re underneath it.

Check springs for damage

A quick visual lookover will confirm if your spring(s) is still intact. If not, call our certified technicians immediately, as fixing a broken spring yourself is dangerous and requires special tools and parts.

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Maintenance is key

Planned maintenance will keep your garage door operating its very best for as long as possible. An annual maintenance service requires minimal time but provides plenty of peace of mind. Our experts are trained to know the ins and outs of every garage door, and will thoroughly inspect your door and provide clear details on what steps are needed next.

TIP: Our Planned Maintenance Program is the easiest, hassle-free way to ensure your garage door is always performing at its best.

These safety tips will help you keep yourself and family from harm’s way, but if your garage door is getting old, a new one may be the safest option. We carry plenty of durable garage doors and accessories that come with the latest safety features to protect your entire family. Visit any of our eight locations for more information or to schedule your next maintenance service.