Your garage door is probably the largest moving object in your home and could weigh as much as 400 pounds.
At the touch of a button, maiming injuries and even deaths (mainly to children) happen every year. For your families safety, make sure that your garage door is in tip-top working condition!
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Here are a few garage door safety tips to keep in mind:
Inspect Your Garage Door Cables
You will ant to visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If the cables are frayed or worn, they they could break breaking and potentially cause injury. There is inherent danger in high spring tension of these cables and they should only be replaced by a trained Minneapolis – St. Paul garage door service technician (All American Door Co).
Hire a Professional Door Installer
Installing a garage door is not recommended for a novice. DASMA recommends that trained door systems technicians install garage doors (All American Door Co). If you attempt garage door installation by yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully.
Beware of Pinch Hazard
Sectional overhead garage doors pose a pinch hazard to fingers. Never put your fingers in the space between door sections to close the door, use the provided handles. Some modern sectional garage doors have a ‘pinch proof’ design.
Inspect Your Springs
Your springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out. When they break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working.
Lubricate Your Door Springs
Springs that squeak can be noisy, which is caused by normal use and doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Before calling a professional garage door service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional door installation expert for service.
Install Safety Cables
If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end. When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension. If the spring breaks, it may cause injury. A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained. If you have extension springs but do not have a safety cable, call your local dealer for a safety inspection.
Tamper Resistant Brackets
Since the bottom brackets on a garage door are connected to the door’s springs, these brackets are under extreme tension. They should be adjusted or loosened only by a trained door systems technician. Many manufacturers now include tamper resistant hardware that prevents loosening of the brackets by a novice.
Struggling Doors Require a Trained Professional
If your door doesn’t work smoothly, you may have an unsafe condition. Even older garage door systems should go up and down smoothly. If the awkward operation continues when the door is manually operated, a spring system may be out of balance. This can cause premature wear and tear on other important garage door components. Spring systems are dangerous and should be repaired only by trained garage door service technician.
During a power failure the garage door may be impossible to open. Since 1982, automatic garage door openers have an emergency release to disengage the garage door from the opener. Once disengaged, you can open the door by hand. Make sure you know where this is and how to operate it. It is usually a short rope hanging from the unit. Pulling the rope disengages the door from the automatic door opening mechanism.
A New Door should use the Track Designed for that Door
When buying a replacement a garage door, some homeowners are tempted to save a few dollars by putting the new door on the old track. However, your old track may not fit with your new door, depending on the thickness of your sections, the weight of the door, the headroom required, the location of the garage door opener, and other considerations. The track and sections work together as a system. For maximum performance and long life, you should use the track that is designed for your specific door.
Keep Your Garage Door Manual Handy
Keep the owner’s manuals for your door and opener hanging near the door for easy reference. Every model of door and opener has specific safety instructions unique to that model. Where is your manual?
Garage Door Annual Check-up
Your garage door is probably the largest moving part in your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although you should provide monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a trained door systems technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.
Keep Your Kids Safe!
Children need to understand that garage doors are dangerous! They should never leave bikes and toys in the path of the garage door while the door is open.
The door activation button should be amounted five feet from the ground, out of reach of small hands. It’s important that we teach our children that the garage door and garage door remote are not toys.
Teach Your kids about Garage Door Safety – DOORS
- D OORS are Heavy – Children should never run or play under or near the garage door, especially when the door is in operation.
- O PENERS are for Adults – Children should never play with the button on the wall that operates the garage door.
O UCH! – Children should never touch any part of a moving garage door. Fingers and hands can get hurt!
- R EMOTES are for Adults – Children should never play with the garage door remote control in the car or on a key chain.
The first and most obvious way to make your garage door safe is to install a modern system that meets current standards. Next, maintain your garage door by having an annual maintenance check up at least once a year by a professional garage door service technician.