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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
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