There are some things you are not going to be aware of when you are getting or upgrading your garage door opener. Our Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has put together the information you need to know for your new opener. We want to make sure that you are fully prepared and knowledgeable.
Stopping A Serious Problem
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued strict rules in order to lessen the number of deaths of children who became trapped under the garage doors that had automatic openers. The new rule requires that residential garage door openers include entrapment protection on all residential doors made on or after January 1, 1993, in the U.S. These rules also state that garage door opener manufacturers must be up to date with certification requirements and recordkeeping.
Some of the revised requirements for a standard, residential garage are that the door must contain one of the following safety features:
- Electric or Photo Eye. This external device is a sensor that can “see” when there is an object blocking the garage door path, without having to make contact with it. There are also the options of door edge sensors that act much like elevator door bumpers when they come in contact with an object.
- Constant Contact Control Button. This is a button that is mounted to the wall and requires a person to hold in the button in order for the door to completely closed. If the button is not held in before the door is completely closed, the door reverses and returns to the open position.
In addition, all garage doors that are newly-manufactured must have warning sticker posted that warns consumers of the possible entrapment. The sticker has to be placed in a visible area near the control button that is mounted to the wall.
These protection requirements are put in place to reduce the possibility of anyone being trapped between the end of the garage door and the floor. Since 1982, there have been 54 reports of children that were between 2 years and 14 years of age that died as a result of being trapped under automatic garage doors.
When you purchased a new door, the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges the new owners to test the openers and entrapment protection according to the recommendations of the manufacturers. This will ensure that your door will indeed reverse in the event that there is an object blocking it. If the door doesn’t reverse like it should, check the owner’s manual for adjustments or call a local repairman.
It is very important to explain to children the importance of garage door safety, regardless of their age. You should also explain why these rules are important and what might happen if they treat the door like a toy. Keep any remotes or transmitters out of reach of anyone who should be in possession of them.
We Are Here For You
If you run into issues with your garage door opener or have questions about the requirements, give our knowledgeable phone staff a call. Neighborhood Garage Door Repair wants you to be confident with your garage door and all of your decisions made towards it. We are always here for you during any moment of your garage door journey.