The garage door is the only moving wall in your house. Chances are, it is the primary entrance and exit you and your family use when you leave or come home – often twice a day or more. Isn’t it time you made sure your family and friends are safe from danger? Safeguard your family and friends from possible harm and read the following guidelines.
Garage Door Safety Guidelines
- Do not walk or stand under a moving door and do not play “beat the door.” It is unsafe and can result in serious injury or death. Parents and adults should set a good example. Be sure you know how to use the emergency release, in case someone is pinned by the door.
- Do not let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Always place and store them out of the reach of children. Be sure that the push-button wall control unit is out of reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts.
- Never allow children (or anyone) to hang on, or “ride,” your garage door. At the lightest, garage doors weigh over 100 pounds and if a cable or spring breaks, the downward force could severely injure or even kill someone. Additionally, if a child is “riding” a door and lets go near the top, the child could be hurt due to the fall.
- Never leave an automobile or other personal items underneath an open garage door.
- Never remove, adjust, or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
- Be sure that children know that garage door openers are not toys. Reckless operation and allowing children to play with or use garage door opener controls can lead to serious injury and even death. Discuss garage door safety with your children. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door.
- Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door. When using the push-button or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely stops moving. Children should be taught to never play under or near an open garage door. Children should also know to keep their hands and fingers clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, and other door parts. Contact with a moving door or its hardware could cause serious injury.
- Be sure to take some time to inspect and test your complete garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a habit. Your owner’s manuals will recommend additional maintenance for your models of door and opener.