Important Garage Door Safety Tips

Written by Jeff Beneke and published on

A garage door is one of the largest moving objects in your home, and is typically used every day, giving you good reason to keep it in proper working order. Your garage door is a great way to increase curb appeal and add security to the items you store. However, did you know that your garage door could pose safety issues? Without proper knowledge of functions and purpose, this large entryway could be dangerous if used improperly.

10 Home Garage Door Safety Tips

Garages are great for a whole range of reasons—storage, home projects, play—but, for all of those reasons, they can also pose safety and security challenges.

    Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.

    Do not let children play with a garage door remote controls.

    Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.

    Visually inspect the garage door each month.

    Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

    Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism.

    Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly 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, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.

    Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children.

    If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

    Do not leave the garage door partially open.

    When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

    Leaving the property for a while?

    While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

    Change the manufacturer’s standard access codes

    If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.

    Opener protection

    A new trend in a home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.