The garage door has become the primary entry and exit point in our homes so it’s important that they function properly and safely. The International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month. So it’s a good time to inspect them to make sure they’re in proper working order. Door and opener manufacturers Raynor Garage Door Manufacturing and Liftmaster have both issued safety tips for consumers to make sure you and your family are protected.
Liftmaster has issued some recommendations for garage door safety:
- Check balance by pulling the opener release mechanism so the door can be opened by hand. With the door closed lift it three or four feet from the floor. If properly balanced the door will move smoothly and stay open.
- Since 1993 all automatic door openers must be equipped with an electronic “eye” or infrared sensor which, if tripped, will cause the door to reverse itself and rise, avoiding accidents. Check to make sure your sensor is installed no higher than six inches above the floor. Any higher and children and pets could move through and not be detected. Check the accuracy of the sensor by placing a roll of paper towels in the path of the door before closing to make sure it will retract.
- The garage usually tops the basement or attic for clutter and debris. Keep it clear of oily and greasy rags as they are easily flammable and can ignite spontaneously. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
Raynor Manufacturing also has some advice:
- 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. These parts are under high tension, and should only be fixed by a trained door technician.
- Make sure garage door opener control button is out of reach of small children.
- While on vacation unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch to render the door unusable.
- Don’t leave your garage doors partially open. When activated again it may continue on a downward path and hit any object in its path. This also compromises a home’s security.
- Never leave the remote control in your car when leaving it with a parking attendant. A stolen remote leaves you open to robbery or home invasion. There may be items in your car with your address on it (such as an insurance card) and this is a straight path home. If your remote is stolen contact your garage door dealer to see what your options are.
If you find problems with your garage doors call the professionals at Raynor Garage Doors of Kansas City. We can send a qualified technician to inspect and repair your door and/or garage door opener to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. Or if your doors or garage door openers have seen better days we can fit your home with the garage doors and openers that will complement your home and increase your curb appeal. So call us today at (913) 766-2366 and have a great summer.