5 Steps to Improving Garage Door Safety

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5 Steps to Improving Garage Door Safety

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Garage Door Safety Tips

Your garage offers a lot of convenience. Not only can it protect your family vehicles from the elements, it can also make a great space for storage, doing home projects, or some extra space for family activities. However, garage doors are often not top of mind when it comes to household hazards, which leads to thousands of injuries each year.

Your garage door is likely the heaviest and largest moving object in your home. As such, you need to take extra care with it. There are several things you can do to keep you, your family, and anyone who visits your home, to maintain the safety of your garage.

Common Injuries Caused by Garage Doors

For decades, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has required garage doors be produced with a number of safety features to decrease the number of injuries each year. These features include laser sensors and pinch-proofing. While experts have seen some improvement in the number of people hurt by garage doors each year, it has not completely eliminated the danger.

The most common garage door injuries include:

  • Crushing –

We all know it is not a good idea to walk under a garage door that is closing. However, a majority of crushing accidents involving garage doors are caused by this action. Crushing injuries can also happen due to mechanical failures.

To prevent injuries, be sure to inspect your garage regularly. Look closely at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for any signs that the door’s safety has been compromised. Having a professional inspection once year may also be a good idea for maintaining the safety of your garage door.

  • Pinching –

While it may not sound like a serious concern, pinching can do major harm to fingers. A majority of injuries caused by garage doors involve fingers getting caught between the panels of the garage door, but they can also get pinched in the rollers and tracks.

The most important thing you can do to decrease the risk of being pinched by a garage door, is keep your fingers at a safe distance from the garage door. It is also important for children to understand the danger, as well. Check to see if your garage has pinch-proof paneling, and make sure to keep up with regular maintenance.

  • Lacerations –

Another common injury related to garage doors is actually caused by the glass. The windows in newer garage doors is typically made from some kind of shatter-resistant glass. However, older garage doors may include windows that are made from regular glass. If these shatter or break, you, or someone in your family, could be cut and need medical attention. If this is a concern for you, a professional, such as AGS – A Garage Door Service, can help you replace the glass in your garage door.

How can I increase the safety of my garage?

  1. Keep garage door opener out of reach of small children.

Hide the remote to your garage from children, and make sure the wall switch for your garage is high enough so that children cannot reach it. While most newer garages include safety sensors, some older models could hurt your child if triggered to open or close.

  1. Watch your fingers.

Of the thousands of injuries caused by garage doors each year, more than half of them occur when fingers get caught between the door sections of the garage. While most newer garage doors include pinch protection technology to decrease the risk of being hurt, it is important to teach children the importance keeping their hands and fingers away from the shifting panels.

  1. No riding on the garage door.

It may seem like harmless fun to hang onto a garage door handle while it is opening, but the garage door is not a toy. This could lead to a situation in which the child’s fingers get caught between panels, or they could fall.

  1. Make sure safety sensors work properly.

Safety sensors on your garage door are designed to stop movement, should something be in its path. Typically, the sensors are affixed to the rails of your garage door, and sit about six inches off the ground. There are several ways to test if the sensors on your garage are functioning properly.

  1. With the garage door open, place an object in the path of the safety beam. When you push the button to close the garage door, it should not activate.
  2. Trigger your garage door to close, then place an object the path of the sensor beam. You can use a large ball as the object to keep from putting yourself in danger. When the object passes through the beam, the garage should stop moving and reverse to the open position.

If either of these tests fails, you should contact a professional, such as AGS – A Garage Door Service, to make the needed repairs to your garage.

  1. Test the force of your garage door.

As mentioned, the garage door is probably one of the heaviest things in your home. When it moves, it can have a lot of power behind it. However, it should stop if you push on it. That means, if the door is opening, or rising up, you should be able to push it down. If the garage door is closing, or lowering, you should be able to push up to stop it. If your garage, you may need to adjust its force settings.

When should I contact a professional?

If you are unsure of the age of your garage door, or you need some help making sure your garage door is working properly, contact a professional.

For more garage door safety tips, reach out to AGS – A Garage Door Service at (950) 343-7537.

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