Ten Things Everyone in Your House Should Know About Garage Door Safety

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Garage Door Safety Tips for Everyone in Your House

You may not think about your garage door as a potential hazard, but it’s one of the largest and heaviest machines working in your home. These are some safety tips for everyone in your house.

Ten Things Everyone in Your House Should Know About Garage Door Safety

  1. The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused and can cause serious injury or even death.
  2. Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run, or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
  3. Adults should not allow children access to the garage door opener systems including remote controls or push button wall controls. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor out of the reach of small children.
  4. Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.
  5. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no adults, children, or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing.
  6. To avoid injury, keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing.
  7. To ensure safe operation, keep your garage door properly maintained. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended.
  8. Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity which can shock or kill if mishandled.
  9. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.
  10. If someone has backed into the garage door, it’s a god idea to have the door inspected and, if necessary, repaired by a trained service technician. Even if the door does not appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely which can create a dangerous environment.

To learn more about maintenance you can do yourself, check out our blog.

Reprinted with the permission of Garage Door Care.