Garage Door Safety Tips

January 12, 2018

There are many things to know about your garage door, and one of those things is that you can suffer injury from it. We want you to know the risks that you might encounter so that you can keep your family safe. Here are a few garage door safety tips that you need to be aware of.

1. Keep Remotes Away From Children

It is important that your children understand that garage doors are not a toy. Playing with the remote or wall mount should be discouraged. Otherwise, your child can get their fingers caught in the jams as it opens or closes.

Also, you should explain to your children to stand away from the door when it is in operation. They should never open it while someone is standing nearby.

2. Make Sure Safety Eye Sensor is Working

garage door safety tips check sensors

The safety eye sensors exist to keep the door from closing on anything that is in the way. These sensors are located at the bottom of the doorway and point at one another. When something breaks the beam, it will cause the door to reverse.

To test if this feature is working, place a trash can under the doorway, or some other item that will not become damaged if the door hits it. Close it and see what happens. If the sensors are working properly, the assembly will stop moving and then open back up.

3. Understand Your Emergency Release Cord

There is a handle that hangs from the tracks on the garage door. When that cord is pulled, it will release the hockey stick shaped bar from the trolley. The trolley is what pulls the chain that lifts and lowers the assembly.

Your emergency release cord is designed to help you use the door if the power goes out. Consult your owner’s manual to see exactly how to use this feature on your equipment.

4. Visually Inspect Parts Of Your Garage Door

torsion spring maintenance check for gaps

You need to do a visual inspection of the manual parts of your assembly from time to time. Look for signs of rust, wear, or broken parts. If any of the pieces are showing signs of wear, then you need to have them replaced.

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Gaps or spaces in the springs
  • Wear marks on the rollers
  • Bent or unbalanced tracks
  • Rust on hinges, chains, or drums

If you notice any of these issues, then it is time to have those parts replaced. Continuing to use the door can cause further damage to the assembly.

Call Us For a Safety Inspection

Our certified technicians are able to come out and do a safety inspection for your garage door. They will go over the 25 point checklist to determine if your equipment is safe for your family. It is best that you have us check your equipment every 2 years. Also, if you do any home improvements to the garage, you will need to have us come out.

Call us now so we can get someone out to you. Our techs will handle your safety inspection today. We look forward to hearing from you.