Garage Door Safety & Maintenance Tips
A garage door is the largest moving object in the home--often operated by electric door openers. Proper installation, operation, maintenance and testing are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.
Garage Door Safety Tips:
Refer to your garage door and opener's manual for details specific to the model you own. Then check the operation of your garage door and automatic opener.
- DO NOT let children or adults play "beat the door". It is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. 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.
- The push button wall control should be out of the reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the moving garage door.
- Discuss garage door safety with your children.
- When using the pushbutton or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely stops moving. Teach children never to play under or near an open garage door.
- Teach children to keep their hands and fingers clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs and other door parts. Contact with a moving door or its hardware could cause serious injury. These injuries can also happen with garage doors that don't have automatic openers.
- Routine Garage Door Maintenance Can Prevent Tragedies
- Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine.
Garage Door Maintenance Tips
Garage doors need regular maintenance. Homeowners can keep the garage door functioning smoothly.
- Lubricate the rollers and hinges every 6 months. Use a silicone based spray and run the door several times to work in the lubrication.
- Check the hinges to make sure the hardware is tightened properly.
- Examine the lift cables on the sides of the door for fraying. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLACE. Call Precision Door. We can do it safely. The cables are under extreme tension. 1-866-4DOORMAN