10 Tips to Help Maintain Garage Door Safety and Security

A well-functioning garage door is something most of us take for granted. However, there are certain things to keep in mind when it comes to safety and security for you and your family.

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Here are 10 easy tips to help maintain safety and security:

  • Mount garage door opener control buttons out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.
  • Do not let children play with garage door remote controls; explain that the remote controls are not toys and discuss garage door safety with them.
  • Know how to use your emergency release feature. Your owner’s manual provides instructions. You may need to use this during power outages.
  • Visually inspect your door two or three times per year. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact a qualified professional for inspection or repair.
  • Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair cables and springs, or anything to which these parts are attached or fastened. A trained door system technician using proper tools and instruction must make repairs or adjustments. These parts are under high tension and can cause serious injury if not held properly.
  • Test the reversing mechanism on your opener by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, refer to your owner’s manual and call a qualified garage door professional for repair or replacement.
  • Disconnect the opener (pulling the emergency disconnect) to manually open the door. The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it is difficult to perform this task, your door may be out of balance, causing premature wear on the opener and door. Call a qualified garage door professional for adjustment aiou result.
  • Newer openers feature photoelectric eye beams, which are mounted a few inches off of the floor and send an invisible beam across the door’s path. If the invisible beam is broken, the door will automatically reverse into its fully open position even without contact. Consider replacing older openers that were not equipped with these safety sensors.
  • While on vacation or away from home for extended periods of time, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which is an optional accessory to most openers.
  • Consider purchasing a garage door opener with rolling code technology, which changes the access codes each time the transmitter is used to prevent code grabbing.

Chad writes for Overhead Door Company of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, which offers a wide selection of commercial and residential garage door styles, openers and accessories.

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