All month long we are focusing on garage door safety. There are too many garage door accidents, and it is time we make sure we all know how to keep ourselves safe around a garage door.
In 1993 the Consumer Product Safety Commission began requiring safety features in garage doors to help prevent them from accidently crushing people and pets, but with all of the garage door accidents occurring annually, it is still necessary to spend some time focusing on safety.
In this article we are going to give you a five point checklist to follow this month to make your garage door safer for your whole family. Items on this list include testing your sensor beams, inspecting your garage door for damage, teach children about garage door safety, keep keypads and remotes out of the reach of children, and know how and when to use the emergency release.
Test Your Sensor Beams
The sensor beams on your garage door are located on either side of the door four to six inches above the ground. These beams act as an electric eye to detect objects under the garage door and prevent it from closing.
Many accidents occur from sensor beams that are not functioning properly. These beams should be tested monthly. To test the beams, use your remote control to close the garage door and place a two by four piece of wood in front of the sensor (Never use any part of your body to test the sensor beams). If the sensor beams are working correctly the garage door will stop moving and reverse directions.
If your sensor beams are not working correctly, check to make sure they are clean and aligned properly. If they still don’t work after making these adjustments contact your garage door repair service to fix them as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Garage Door
Monthly you should inspect your garage door for damage and to make sure that all the moving parts are functioning as they are supposed to. A garage door is heavy, and that takes a toll on all of the components. Any worn or malfunctioning parts should be replaced immediately.
Also take time during this monthly inspection to perform any routine maintenance that must be performed. Check with your garage door user manual to see what service the manufacturer recommends be performed on a regular basis to keep your garage door functioning at its peak performance.
Teach Children about Garage Door Safety
Because children are usually the victims of garage door accidents, it is important to teach them how to be safe around the garage door. Some basic things every child should know: never play with the garage door remote control, never go under a moving garage door, and about that cool dangling emergency release cord and why they should never pull it.
Keep Keypads and Remotes Out of Reach
Kids love buttons. That is why it is important to keep garage door keypads and remote controls out of the reach of children. Keypads should be installed at least 5 feet off the floor and garage door openers should be place in a safe location out of the reach of children. By keeping keypads and remotes in safe places you will prevent the door from closing and potentially crushing people, pets, and objects.
Know How and When to Use the Emergency Release
The garage door emergency release is a cord or rope hanging from your garage door opener. This cord disconnects the garage door from the opener. If the power goes out or there is some other problem with the garage door you may have to disconnect it from the opener. When you use the emergency release cord, make sure that the door is in the down position and that objects and people are not near the door.
Help prevent garage door accidents by learning about your garage door and taking proactive steps to keep yourself and your family safe around your garage door.