June is "Garage Door Safety" Month

Jun 15, 2010

The International Door Association (IDA) created “Garage Door Safety” Month to remind homeowners and their families about garage door safety and maintenance. 
Safety plays an increasingly important role in garage door design. All new garage doors incorporate photoelectric eyes that stop and reverse the door if a child, an animal or an object passes in front of them. 
To test a garage door opener, place a 2-inch by 4-inch board in the door's path and lower it. When the door touches the board, it should reverse. If it doesn't, have it checked.
A professional should inspect and make any repairs, but here are a few tips on other things to watch for:

  • Check that the door opens and closes smoothly. If not, the springing system may need to be adjusted or replaced.
  • Look for loose brackets on the garage door. Because they are under tension, they can cause serious injury if loosened or removed.
  • Gauge the age of your garage door springs. They, too, are tightly wound and can cause damage or injury if they wear out and break.
  • Check for any frayed or worn cables.
  • Teach children about garage door safety. Place the control switch for the garage door opener at least 5' above the floor so that small children can't reach it; remind them that the garage door opener is not a toy.
  • Use the red emergency cord to release the garage door locking mechanism if the power is out.

An annual visit from a trained garage door technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly. For more safety and maintenance advice visit

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