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Garage door is the largest moving object in the house. These doors are operated by electric door openers. Proper installation, operation, maintenance, and testing of the garage door and automatic opener are necessary to provide safe operation.
An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.


Garage Doors Safety Tips

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Safety Tip

Your garage door's springs are the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out. When they break, serious injury can happen. If you have an older garage door, you must have your springs inspected by a professional technician. If your door has two springs, both should be replaced, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.
Springs can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant at the joints.
  Springs Safety Tip
Garage door openers include an internal reversing mechanism that will force the door to reverse when it hits an obstruction. The sensitivity of these mechanisms can fall out of proper adjustment so that the door will not reverse when it hits an obstruction. Garage door openers with inadequate or poorly maintained reversing mechanisms can cause injury and even death to children who have been trapped beneath descending doors powered by faulty openers.
To be safe, you should check your reversing mechanism every month by setting 1' board or roll of paper towels on the floor in the path of a descending door. This simulates a trapped child. If the door does not reverse after contacting the board or paper towels, call a garage door technician to examine and repair your door system.
Lift Handles and Pull Ropes
Lift handles are attached to your door to allow you to manually open or close a door and are attached to the bottom bracket in the lower corner of the door.
  Lift Handles and Pull Ropes Safety Tip
Lift handles are necessary to help you lift your door in the event of a power outage. If you have a power outage and need to manually close your motor-operated door, use the lift handle. To avoid serious injury, never close the door by placing your fingers between the door sections! During normal operation, keep children away from the door to prevent loose clothing from snagging or getting hooked by lift handles and other door hardware as the door is being opened by the operator.
Photoelectric Eyes and Sensing Edges
Photoelectric eyes are mounted about 5-6 inches off the floor on both sides of a garage door. In conjunction with the garage door opener, they send an invisible beam across the door opening. If the beam is broken by an object while the door is closing, the garage door opener will cause the door to reverse direction to its full, open position.
A sensing edge is attached to the bottom edge of a garage door.

  Photoelectric Eyes and Sensing Edges Safety
When this sensor contacts an obstruction during the closing of the door, the opener will cause the door to reverse direction to the full, open position.



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