A garage door represents the largest moving item in the house. They are frequently operated by electrical door openers. Proper installation, function, testing and maintenance are needed to offer a safe, hassle-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can apply dangerous force when the door closes, which may lead severe injury or even death as a result of being hit by a closing door or from being trapped underneath one. As such, a few simple safety measures can protect you and your family and friends from potential harm.
It is important to point out the obvious fact that garage door openers are not toys - do not, under any circumstances, stand or walk under a moving door; For that matter, don’t allow kids or adults to play with or hit the door. This is a dangerous thing to do and can potentially result in serious injury or even death. As a precaution, learn and know how to activate the emergency door release option, in case anyone might get pinned down by a door. Care must be taken to ensure that children do not accidentally use or play with the transmitters or remote controls, and these should always be placed stored out of the reach of children. The push-button control should also be placed out of reach of children, at least 5 feet from the floor, as well as away from any moving parts.
Given that careless operation, accidental toying with or use of garage door opener controls can lead to tragic results, we advise discussing basic garage door safety with your children: explain to them to avoid playing near or under an open garage door and teach them to keep their hands and fingers clear of any mechanical parts such as section joints, hinges, tracks, springs, etc.
Lastly, another prevention aspect of garage door safety is the performing of routine maintenance - take a few minutes every once in a while to check your garage door system, and be sure to make it a routine to perform a monthly inspection and testing of your garage door system, so that any potential issues that may come up are identified beforehand and dealt with accordingly, ensuring continued functionality and safety for you and your family.