Garage Door Safety Tips
With thousands of garage door injuries each year, it is important to understand how to avoid such injury. This is especially the case with small children. Keeping your garage door maintained is the first line of defense against possible injury. We have put together a list of common risks and some tips for safely operating your garage door.
Garage Door Safety Risks
- Falling Garage Doors. A garage door is heavy, though automatic openers make light work of them. If your garage door cables, tracks, spring, opener, or other components are in disrepair, the garage door can fall, crushing or pinching anything in the path.
- Riding the Garage Door. Believe it or not, there are numerous injuries each year from children and adolescents riding on or playing with the garage door. Playing with the cables or riding the door up or down can lead to pinched fingers, asphyxiation, broken bones, or even death. The garage door is not for play and this must be made clear to children and adolescents.
- Finger Injury. One of the most common garage door related injuries is pinched fingers. Many garage doors will expose gaps between panels as the door is opening or closing that can catch fingers. The space between the garage door and frame can also be a hazard. Some garage doors feature 'no-pinch' technology which helps prevent these injuries, but the best practice is to stand clear of the door, keeping fingers away while it is in motion.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. A closed garage door and running car can be a deadly combination. Never leave a car running with the garage door closed. Running a car in an attached garage can lead to CO getting into the house whether the garage door is open or close, so the best policy is to run a car in the garage only as long as necessary to move it in or out of the garage.
- Entrapment. A garage door can trap anyone inside if it is not properly maintained. A broken spring can render the garage door too heavy to manually open. Malfunctioning sensor eyes can cause the garage door to stay closed. In any case, be aware of all garage exits, keeping them unobstructed so the garage can be easily exited.
- Eye Sensor Failure. As previously mentioned, failing eye sensors can lead to garage door safety issues. If eye sensors are not properly installed or maintained, they may be ineffective as a safety device. Eye sensors are one of the most common repair items and should be professionally inspected regularly.
- Spring Dangers. A garage door spring carries an enormous amount of tension. Garage door springs should never be tampered with or adjusted by non-professionals, as the risk for injury is high. It is important to have garage door springs maintained by a professional for both safety and reliability.
- Quality/Installation Issues. A garage door may do a simple job, but it requires professional installation and maintenance. If a garage door installation is rushed or poorly done, it can lead to any number of safety and reliability issues. It is important to use a trused garage door installer for this reason. Additionally, the garage door itself must be of high quality. A low quality door may not possess the structural quality to perform safely and reliably. Purchasing a high quality door often yields additional safety benefits from a tougher construction, no-pinch joints, safety glass, and quality components.
Garage Door Safety Tips
- Make sure the garage door opener control is out of reach of children.
- Make sure children understand the garage door is not a play item.
- Make sure you understand how to use the garage door lock feature. Some openers have an electronic lock feature, some door doors have a locking track system, and most openers can simply be unplugged. This is a good practice for extended absences or vacations.
- Make sure you understand how to manually open the garage door in case of an emergency (consult your installer or local professional).
- Make sure garage door entry/exits doors are unobstructed.
- Make sure to purchase a quality garage door and have installation and maintenance performed by a trusted garage door service professional.
- Never place fingers, clothes, or loose objects near the garage door.
- Never leave a car running in the garage.
- Never leave your garage door opener remote in a car parked outside of your garage.
- Never rely on the garage door as a 'lock' to your home. Lock your home entry door even when the garage door is closed.
- Have your garage door regularly maintained and inspected by a trusted local garage door service company.
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