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Garage Door System Safety

A garage door is the largest moving object in the home. They are often operated by automatic garage door openers. Proper installation, operation, maintenance and testing are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.

Safety is Everyone's Business

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. Refer to your garage door and opener's manual for details specific to the model you own. Then check the operation of your garage door and automatic opener.

  • DO NOT stand or walk under a moving door!
  • DO NOT let children or adults play "beat the door". It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Adults should set a good example. Know how to use the emergency release, in case someone is pinned by the door.
  • DO NOT let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children.
  • The pushbutton wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door.

Teach Your Children About Garage Door and Opener Safety

Discuss garage door safety with your children. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door and instruct them never to play under an open garage door.

Teach children to keep their hands and fingers clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs and other door parts. If you have an automatic opener, handles should be removed from the door.

Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Tragedies

Take a few minutes to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine.