Door Safety

A garage door is the largest and heaviest moving item in a house, it is also one of the most overlooked……

Like every other mechanical device you own, your garage door and opener (where fitted) require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure safe, smooth, reliable operation.

At B&D we want to make sure that you and your family know how to operate and maintain your garage door system safely at all times.

Following are 10 things everyone in your household should know about garage door safety.

  1. The garage door and opener are not toys.  They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.
  2. Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system.  Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
  3. Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or wall mounted entry keypads for garage door opener systems, these should be kept out of reach of children at all times. The wall mounted entry keypads for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.
  4. Never stand or walk under a moving garage door.  Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.
  5. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed.  Make certain that no adults, children or adults try to enter or exit while the door is closing.
  6. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.
  7. Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely.  Annual maintenance by a trained service technician.  There are other tests and maintenance tasks that you can perform (view the AGDA safety brochure for further detail).
  8. Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.  Service should be performed by a trained service technician. To locate your nearest qualified technician, visit our dealer locator.
  9. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables.  These are under extreme tension and can cause sever injury or even death.  They are best repaired by a trained service technician.  To locate your nearest qualified professional visit our dealer locator.
  10. If someone has backed into the garage door, its a good idea to have the door inspected or repaired by a qualified professional.  Even if the door doesn’t appear to be severly damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.