June – Garage Door Safety Month
We love to celebrate! Unfortunately, this event doesn’t come with presents. Instead, it is a time to bring awareness to the potential dangers lurking in our garage. From hanging ladders to storing chemicals - there is a right way and a dangerous way. Follow these guidelines and help keep you and your family safe.
5 Garage Door Safety Tips
Visual Inspection of springs, cables, rollers, and pulleys can catch trouble before a failure occurs.
Test Reverse Action with a 2x4 board laid flat under the door. If the door does not reverse on its own at contact with the board, call a trusted garage door company for a safety inspection.
Test Force Setting by standing outside the path of the door. Try to stop the door as it lowers. If it does not easily reverse, call a trusted garage door company for a safety inspection.
It’s Not a Toy Do not let children play with transmitters. Push-button wall controls should be mounted beyond reach of little hands.
Stay Away from a moving door to avoid fingers being caught and crushed between the door sections.
Properly Ventilate Your Garage
Proper ventilation in your garage can be a matter of life and death. Do not seal off your garage as you would the living areas of your home. Building codes require ventilation in the garage to allow for venting of poisonous gasses and chemicals. Combustible material used and stored in a sealed off place can be explosive.
Top Common Garage Door Injuries
- Fingers caught and crushed between door sections. Stay clear of the moving panels.
- Doors falling down. Never run under a moving door.
- DIYers injured while doing repairs or cleaning. Hire a qualified expert and stay out of harm’s way.
- Springs break, causing bodily injury. Hire a qualified expert and stay out of harm’s way.
To assure garage door safety year-round, an annual garage door tune-up by a trained technician is the best way to avoid sudden failures that can cause injury. During annual maintenance, a trained technician will confirm the safe and efficient operations of all electrical and moving parts on the door and the opener. Bolts will be tightened or replaced. Springs will be adjusted and rollers, pulleys, and cables will be lubricated.