You want to take steps to keep your family and yourself injury-free. To promote garage door safety, the Overhead Door Corp. , a manufacturer of upward-acting garage doors and openers, offers these tips for year-round safety.
- Mount the garage door control buttons out of reach of small children (at least 5 ft from the floor), and where you have a clear view of the door.
- Don’t let children play with garage door remote controls. Clearly explain to children that the remote controls are not a toy.
- Set a good example for children by discussing garage door safety and explain the dangers of being injured by the door.
- Be up to date on how to use the door’s emergency-release feature. The owner’s manual provides instructions.
- Visually inspect your garage door each month. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact a qualified garage door professional for inspection or garage door repair.
- Never attempt to remove, adjust or repair cables and springs, or anything to which these parts are attached or fastened. A trained door system technician using proper tools and instruction must make repairs and adjustments. These parts are under high tension and can cause serious injury if not handled properly.
- Test your garage door’s opener reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2×4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, refer to your owner’s manual and call a qualified garage door professional for repair.
*Action Door always recommends professional installation and repair of all garage door systems. These systems are operated under extreme tension which could result in serious bodily injury, property damage, or death if proper safety procedures are not observed.