Garage Safety : 7 Tips for a Safer Garage

Your garage door is the biggest, heaviest movable object in the home and should not be messed with. Many people are injured yearly because of garage doors, around 15,000 according to U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission’s NEISS.

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We have provided tips to help you keep you safe, as well as how to regular maintain the garage door.

1. Check safety sensors

Attached to the rails of the garage door opener is the garage door sensor,  six inches off the ground. If an animal or person walks under as the garage door is closing, the sensors should activate and reverse the direction of the door.

You can test it by pushing the control button that starts closing the garage door. Place a broom or something similar in front of one of the sensors before the door closes. The door should immediately stop or reverse if the beam is blocked.

If the door fails to reverse, a professional garage door contractor should be contacted immediately to inspect the garage door opener and fix any repairs needed.

2. Keep passwords safe and in secret

User specific codes are common that are set one-time for the garage door opener. Many companies, including Craftsman, allow this. Having a one-time passcode can be useful if you need a package delivered or have family visiting, without revealing the real passcode for the garage door opener key pad. Smartphone apps are available to control the garage door and can be used remotely.

3. No free rides

The garage door is not a toy to be played with. It can be fun for children to ride up and down the garage door by grabbing the handle, but this should not be allowed as it is hazardous.

4. Watch your fingers

Keep your hands away from the joints between panels as the garage door is closing, as both kids and adults can be injured if the fingers are caught in between.

NEISS reports 7,500 injuries from finger related injuries have bee reported by getting caught in the garage door yearly. Pinch protection is available with some newer doors, which can reduce the risk of serious injuries.

5. Garage door remotes away from children

The garage door opener control should be at least 5 feet from the ground, preventing young children from reaching it. Make sure to also hide transmitters from children.

6. Auto-reverse regularly tested

Since 1991, garage door openers have been installed with a reverse function that changes the direction if there is an obstruction in its path. For testing purposes, put a roll of paper towels flat below the center of the door.

Close the garage door by pushing the control button. A functioning garage door should reverse as it touches the paper towels. If the garage door doesn’t act accordingly, call a professional to assess the situation or fix any issues.

7. Test the force

You can always adjust the force settings if issues occur. For instance, the door should stop if you are pushing down as its going up and vice versa. If the door does not act accordingly, make adjustments to the force settings.

Make sure your door is up to date with today’s safety standards and make necessary repairs routinely.