Top 3 Garage Door Safety Tips for Your Home

Your garage door is often the largest opening in your home, and the one that works the hardest.  More than 70% of homeowners use their attached garage as the main entranceway into their home.  Making sure your garage door is as safe as possible prevents accidents and gives you and your family peace of mind.

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June is recognized as Garage Door Safety month by the International Door Association (IDA) and Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA).  In honor of Garage Door Safety month, here are three safety check tips from DASMA that are easy for most homeowners to conduct!

  • Check Your Cables. Your garage door cables are affected by everyday use.  DASMA recommends the following to ensure they are in proper working order:
    Visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician.
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  • Watch Your Fingers! Since your garage door is most likely the largest and heaviest opening in your home, DASMA’s next tip is especially important:
    Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their fingers by placing them between the door sections to pull down on the door. According to DASMA Standard 116, if your door lacks pinch-resistant joints, you should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door. Even if your door has an opener, the door must occasionally be operated manually. Never place your fingers between the door sections. If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points!  Luckily, Entrematic manufactures Amarr garage doors with patented SafeGuard pinch-protection design.  SafeGuard hinges and safety bottom brackets reduce the chance of hand and finger injury by pushing the fingers out of the section joints.

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  • Safety Reverse.  Your garage door opener should be equipped with a safety reverse system to ensure that the garage door is not able to close completely should something be under the door!  In fact, DASMA standards require such a system:
    Since 1993, all openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a second safety reversing feature such as photoelectric eyes. These are installed near the floor. Once the invisible beam is broken, the door reverses automatically. If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to get a new opener. 

Watch this LiftMaster Safety Check video to see this tip in action:

Want more garage door safety tips?  Visit http://www.dasma.com for more advice from industry experts.

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17 Responses to Top 3 Garage Door Safety Tips for Your Home

  1. Justin Knox says:

    Thank you for the help. I have started having some issues with my garage doors recently. I am now wondering if the cables are in good condition still. How easy is it to fix the cables in the event of them being damaged?

  2. Sarah Smith says:

    I just moved into a new house and want to make sure the garage door is safe. Thanks for the advice about checking cables to make sure they’re not frayed or worn. Now I just need to find a garage door service to have on hand in case any of my cables need to be replaced.

  3. I really like the tip to check your cables. I’ve never had a garage door fall on me, but I’ve been in the garage when a cable has snapped. It’s definitely not an experience that I’d like to relive anytime soon. Regular maintenance is usually the best way to prevent costly repairs too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I had no idea that your garage door should be equipped with a safety reverse system. There have been a few occasions where I will not pull the car into the garage fully before I shut the door. I am glad that the reverse system was installed so that my car and house wasn’t damaged.

  5. Alise Harper says:

    I didn’t know that the garage door opener should be equipped with a safety reverse system. I recently closed the garage door and it crushed my bike that I had left halfway out of the garage. I will definitely have to get my door programmed so it will sense something in the way of it closing. Thanks for the information!

  6. I don’t doubt that so many people use their garage as the main way they enter their home. When I was growing up we only used the front door when someone knocked on it. Making sure everything is working properly, like the garage door can open and even possibly lock, is important.

  7. I really appreciate that idea to check your cables on your garage door. I honestly don’t think that I have ever checked my cables, so I’ll have to take a look at them soon. If I find a problem, I will have to call a garage door repairman to come fix it because I have to idea how to do that myself. Thanks for the info!

  8. I like the idea of safety reverses. I would hate for my child to be under the garage door when it closes. I want to be sure that it will stop before, just in case! Accidents can happen, and it would be nice to have a safety feature installed!

  9. Faylinn says:

    I have three young children, which means that the safety reverse is the most important feature. They like to play a game where they run under the garage door as it closes and I’m just glad that this feature exists so that they don’t get hurt. However, do you know whether or not this feature also allows the garage to stop just in case someone climbs on one side of the garage as it goes up? My kids don’t do that, but I have heard of some doing that and that scares me a bit.

  10. The safety that a garage door provides is something that you don’t always think about until it is broken. I never realized how many easy it is to access my home if this is compromised until it actually happened. Thankfully, nothing serious occurred while we were vulnerable, but I will definitely be carrying out your maintenance tips in order to avoid getting into a similar situation in the future!

  11. I really like what you said checking your garage on a regular basis. This is something I haven’t done, but after reading this I’m realizing just how important it is to be doing that! I’m going to be sure to check the cables, and make sure that they aren’t frayed, and if they are, I will be calling the a professional right away.

  12. Kayla Rogers says:

    I hadn’t realized it was so important to regularly check garage cables. I appreciate the tip to check for any fraying or heavy wear on the cables. This is a helpful thing to put include in our home maintenance for safety. Thanks.

  13. It’s nice to be made aware of these safety items. I’ve read a story online about someone who got hurt because this person didn’t care to maintain or repair any damages it had. Sometimes I think that people don’t give too much thought about what dangers it can pose.

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  15. Thanks for the garage safety tips! My wife and I are going to have a new garage door put in, and we want to know some of the safety precautions we should be paying attention to. Thanks for mentioning that you should check your cables regularly to make sure they aren’t frayed and worn. I will be sure to start doing that.

  16. I just wanted to thank you for going over some good garage safety tips. I’m glad that you talked about the importance of checking the safety reverse system, and even show how to test it. My brother has been thinking of installing a garage at his place, so maybe these tips could be useful for him to know in the future.

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