Important Garage Door Safety Measures07/17/2016 Back To Blog
Your automatic garage door is most certainly the largest moving system in your house. It is convenient to run it with the push of a button, but this does not mean that you can be careless when it comes to its use. You must do everything necessary to keep the door safe for users and for everyone around and especially children and pets. Find out what you need to do to stay safe.
Proper Installation for Fixed Controls
The current safety standards require all stationary controls including the wall-mounted button and the wireless keypad to be installed at least five feet above the floor. This prevents small children who are too young to realize the consequences of their actions from playing with the controls. This is a simple yet extremely effective measure for keeping everyone in your family safe. In general, when it comes to opener installation, you need to determine the most appropriate height of the controls for your particular situation.
Regular Safety Sensor Testing
The job of these devices also known as photo eyes is to reverse the course of the closing door when something passes underneath it. Unfortunately, the sensors may malfunction or fail. That is why it is recommended that you test them every three months. The tests are quite simple and don’t require any special techniques or tools.
Open the door and place a solid object right in front of one of the photo eyes. Then close the door using your opener remote. The door must not move from its open position. If it goes down as usual, the sensors will need repair or replacement.
The second test involves waving an object under the door while it is closing. For safety purposes, it should be long and thick like a garden rake or a broom. Wave the item in front of the sensors while the door is going down. It should stop and reverse. If it doesn’t, get the problem solved as soon as possible.
Special Safety Precautions During Maintenance
Rule number one is to unplug the opener from the power outlet. You wouldn’t want someone to run the door while you are working. You should also wear protective gloves, especially when you use chemical products like a solvent just to be on the safe side.
Another extremely important rule is not to do anything which you are unsure about. Don’t try to make adjustments and repairs, especially when it comes to the garage door spring system and its components. You can get seriously injured. There is no point in risking your wellbeing.