Garage doors serve many purposes: privacy, curb appeal, and insulation during colder weather. But they should also provide safety from injury when used correctly.

Garage door safety is very important, especially if you have young children, pets or grandparents living or visiting with you.

We’ll talk about some of the top safety tips and give some ways of making sure your garage door is operating in safe mode.

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Safety First

Here’s a list of safety tips for you:

  1. Always make sure, when opening and closing the door, that no child or person is in the way of the door. If it’s operating correctly, it will stop if someone walks near the sensory eyes/safety sensor eyes.
  2. If children are playing outside, open the door fully so no one or no toys gets in the way.
  3. Know how the emergency release function works on the garage door. If there’s a storm and it knocks power out, you’ll need to open the door using the emergency release unless you have a back up battery.
  4. Keep fingers away from the garage door and the panels. Make sure children understand this so their fingers aren’t caught between the panels and pinched.
  5. Visually inspect the door’s spring, motor, door, cables, rollers, pullers, and all equipment to make sure it’s functioning correctly. Do this monthly.
  6. Make sure children aren’t able to reach the garage door opening button.
  7. While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
  8. If the opener doesn’t include rolling-code technology, which changes access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control. Also, consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.
  9. Home invaders are now gaining access to homes by stealing the garage door opener or car. This means you shouldn’t leave the remote control in your car or with a parking attendant. Instead, use a key chain remote and lock the entry to your home, especially if your opener is programmed to your car.
  10. Do a monthly test on the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism. With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood such as a section of a 2 x 4 flat on the floor in the center of the garage door opening where the door touches the floor. Push the wall button to close the door. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically reverse and open. If it doesn’t automatically reverse, it’s time to call a trained service technician.

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