Most people assume that if their garage door is opening and shutting, then it’s safe to use. And while that is mostly true, it’s also true you need to ensure your garage doors are safe at all times. A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal
A garage door is a big steel or wood door, that is suspended several feet in the air. It’s held in place by screws, thin metal tracks and a spring loaded tension setup. Ensuring these parts are working as they should takes constant care and vigilance.
While there have been many improvements to garage door safety in the last 20 years, many doors are older than this. They don’t meet essential safety standards that keep you, your car, your belongings and family safe.
Below we’ll look at ways to keep your garage door safe and how to ensure garage door safety in your home.
Child Safety and Your Garage Door
Kids love playing in and around your garage. The remote makes this big door go up and down, how fun! But using the remote over and over again can be dangerous. Keep remotes away from children, and mount a keypad for adult use only.
Auto-Reverse Garage Door Safety System
All garage doors installed after 1993 have a safety sensor, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory order. The door has a sensor so that if something is in the path of the garage door, the door will automatically reverse. This helps prevents accidents and bodily injury.
It is key for the safety of your belongings and other people, to ensure your door is updated with this feature, especially if you aren’t sure whether your door was installed before or after 1993.
Test Your Garage Door’s Basic Safety Feature
Regular maintenance of your garage door includes checking safety features. The first thing you can do during this type of check is to pull the emergency release cord. Most garage door models have this cord hanging from the motor of your garage door opener. This will allow you to open the door manually.
Once you pull the cord, you can then test the balance of the door. This is done by how easily (or not) you can open the garage door manually. You can also test the force setting of the door. You do this by evaluating in manual mode whether the door reverses with resistance.
Your opener should have a manual, which should also give maintenance instructions that you can follow. If you can’t find the manual, or you prefer a professional to perform the safety checks, call a professional garage door company. If you’re in the Houston area, call Perfect Solutions! 281-557-6351