Garage Door Safety Tips
A garage door is the largest moving object in your home. The door is usually operated by an electric door opener. Proper installation, maintenance, and testing is necessary to keep the garage a safe environment. An opener that is not installed properly could result in a serious, or even fatal injury. GarageDoorRepairman.com is proud to offer you these easy to follow tips. Garage door safety is the best defense for preventing accidents which could have been prevented.
- READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IF DOING A SELF INSTALL. (We strongly recommend using a qualified service installer)
- Treat your garage door remote control like a key. Do not leave it in your car where it is visible – hide it out of sight.
- Never stand or walk under a moving door! Do not play “beat the door.” It is very dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.
- Teach your children about garage door safety. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door. Never let children play with or use transmitters or remote controls – always keep them out of reach. Children should be supervised in and around the garage door area.
- The push button wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the closing garage door, and keep the door in sight until it completely closes.
- TEST OPENER – The garage door MUST reverse on contact with a 1-1/2 inch high object (or a piece of two-by-four lumber laid flat) on the floor. If the door does not stop and reverse after contact with the object, disconnect the operator and use the door manually until the operator is replaced or repaired by a qualified technician.
- An improperly balanced door increases the risk of severe injury or death. Have a qualified service person make repairs to cables, spring assemblies, and other related hardware.
- Garage door springs, cables, brackets and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension. If handled improperly, they can cause serious injury or death. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should adjust them. The torsion springs should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs!
- A safety cable should be installed on extension springs to contain the spring if it breaks. Never remove, adjust or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the loft cable and are under extreme tension.
- Make sure your opener has a reverse feature. If a reverse feature is not present, it should be replaced. Garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have advanced safety features which comply.
- While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit, or use a wall console security switch, which is an optional accessory to most openers.
Other dangers including the following:
the danger of children riding a garage door. Lead Paint on old garage doors entrapment issues. the ever-present risk of a garage door spring. dangers of a falling garage door over insulating and sealing a garage door can make the garage a time bomb. product quality and door installation concerns Getting fingers caught in a section joint the dangers of carbon monoxide in the garage.
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