Garage door safety
Keeping you and your loved ones safe.
A garage door is basically a moving wall. As such, it is the largest moving object in your home and one of the objects with the greatest potential to injure a family member or damage property. Obviously, an improperly installed garage door system can exert tremendous force when the door closes. In fact, statistics have shown that over 30,000 people, annually, are injured by faulty garage door systems. Don’t let an unnecessary accident happen to your family or friends – take this decision seriously and select a company with experience. Call us today! 1‑800‑265‑0953
Keep your children safe
Reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), indicate many children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors. Other children have suffered serious injuries when the closing door hit them failing to stop and reverse its direction. Teach children to keep their hands and fingers clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs and other garage door parts. Contact with a moving garage door or its hardware could cause serious injury.
A few simple precautions can protect your family and friends from potential harm. Please take a few minutes to read the following safety and maintenance tips. Garage doors can weigh as much as 1000 lbs and could cause serious injury or even death if proper care and maintenance is not exercised.
6 simple garage door safety tips
- Never let a child play with or play around your garage door.
- Never leave a child or disabled person alone near a garage door.
- Teach your children about garage door safety. Never let them play with the garage door remote controls.
- Check the rollers and cables for your garage door every month to ensure they are in good working order.
- Never leave an automobile or personal property underneath an open garage door.
- Keep the wall button out of the reach of children. The recommended height is at least 5 feet from the floor.
Routine maintenance can prevent tragedies
Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspections and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business! Make garage door and garage door opener safety automatic in your home. Testing and maintaining your garage door
Review your garage door owner’s manual. Perform routine maintenance steps once a month. If you do not have a manual, look for the manufacturer’s name and model number on the back of the door or the lock handle. Request a manual from the manufacturer.
Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and other door hardware for signs of wear. Call us today, if you suspect any problems.
Garage door springs and cables are under very high tension. If handled improperly, they can cause serious injury and death. Only a certified technician should adjust them. Do not attempt to repair or adjust springs yourself.
A safety cable should be installed on all extension springs (the springs mounted above the track) to help contain a 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 system by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door with a silicon based spray only. However, do not lubricate plastic rollers and plastic idler bearings. Consult the garage door owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations
Periodically test the balance of your garage door.
- Start with the door closed
- If you have a garage door opener, use the release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand when doing this test.
- You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of adjustment. Have it adjusted by a certified technician.
Suspect a problem?
If you suspect a problem with your garage door please call a professional garage door technician immediately.