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What Are The Safety Features on a Garage Door?

Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here for any questions that you might have in your garage door journey. While we know that safety is important, we also find that a lot of people don’t know what safety features their door has. We hope that this article helps you know what to look for and how your door protects you.


In the 1980s and some of the 90s, some children’s lives were lost and many more injured because the automatic garage doors didn’t stop closing when they were met with resistance. In 1992 federal law started requiring that garage door had some sort of entrapment protection. It is most often known as an auto-reverse feature.

This is one of the most crucial safety features for your door and this is how it works. Your garage door has special sensors that are about to detect any kind of obstruction in its path. If it happens to detect a hindrance, it stops closing and reserves until it is completely open.

If you want to test this feature simply place a strong 2X4 where the door will make contact while closing. You will then close your door and when the door makes contact with the board, it should auto-reverse to completely open. If for some reason, it does not reverse and continues to try to close, you need to contact a garage door company immediately to have it fixed.

Motion Detection

The motion detection safety feature offers more security in two ways. If a person or a vehicle passes the motion detector sensors, the lights of the garage will automatically come on for around 5 minutes. This will make sure you have good lighting for getting from your car to your home without tripping over anything.

This can also be an additional feature to help with security. If a burglar tries to break in via your garage, they will trigger the motion detector. Quality lights are one of the best burglar deterrents, according to home security experts.

Manual Controls

You might be wondering why you would want or even need a manual control on a garage door with a motorized opener. However, if there is a power outage and you need to get your car out of your garage, the motor isn’t going to work. If you know how to work the manual control, you can simply open the door by hand.

There is an override feature on your door that can disconnect the garage door from the electric motor. Since the garage door will only be disconnected from the power and not the tracks, it can easily be lifted by your hands. Once the power is back up, you just reconnect the electric system to the motor.


Now that you are aware and have an understanding of the different feature of your door, you should know that keeping them functioning correctly is important. You will want to make sure you are getting both your garage door and opener maintained by a professional once a year. This will help prevent accidents and costly repairs down the road.

Give Us A Call

Our Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is excited to help you with your entire garage door process. We are here to answer any questions that you might have. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your garage door journey.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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