Here are some safety tips that we recommend to help protect you and your loved ones from potential harm.
1. Always use a professional. We recommend that you never attempt to repair your garage door’s cables or springs. They are under extreme tension, and could cause severe injury, or even death. Please call us to schedule a service call with one of our service technician.
2. Always keep the door in view. It’s important to always be watching the door as it opens and closes, making certain that no adults, children, or animals get in the way while the door is moving.
3. Never try to race the door. Never try to enter or exit your garage door while it is opening or closing. Running under a moving door can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to teach your children to never play with opening or closing the door.
4. Make sure you know where your remote controls are. Keeping the remote controls for your garage door openers away from children is very important. Be sure to warn children of the dangers of playing with the garage door. It is also a good idea to keep your remote controls locked away when you are not using them. For security reasons, be sure to either lock your car, or carry the remote control with you so potential burglars cannot access them to gain easy access to your garage and home.
5. The Six-Inch Rule. Your garage door’s safety sensors should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor. If the photoelectric eyes are installed any higher, they would not be able to detect a person or pet in the line of the safety beam. This safety feature is required on all openers manufactured after 1993, so if your opener does not have this feature, it is time for a new opener. Call us, and we will be happy to install a new garage door opener for you!
6. The Five-Foot Rule. The wall-mount push button for your garage door opener should be at least five feet above the floor so that it is out of the reach of children and pets.
7. Reversing Sensitivity. Garage door openers are made to reverse direction when an obstruction gets in the way of a descending door. If your door does not readily reverse, the opener’s sensitivity adjustment may be improperly set. This can be very dangerous, so it is a good idea to have a professional adjust that setting.
8. Watch your fingers! It is important to keep fingers and hands out of the way of door sections when the door is closing or opening. Failing to do so could be very dangerous, and cause injury. To open or close the door manually, be sure to use the lift handles or gripping points.
9. Backed into door? Happens all the time! We recommend having the door inspected to be repaired by a professional. Even if the door doesn’t have any noticeable damage, it could have been knocked off track causing more damage.
10. Annual maintenance. We recommend having your garage door serviced at least once a year to keep everything running safely and smoothly, prolonging the life of your garage door and opener. Using your garage door everyday can wear out and break parts, and could potentially injure you or your door.
If you need to set up a service call with one of our professionals, please give us a call, and we’ll get you taken care of!