Understanding the importance of safety is essential in any activity that you do, whether it be riding a bike, mowing the lawn or any sport that one might play. The same goes for garage doors and openers. The following information will help you better understand safety for you, your family, and your garage door.
Your garage door is a large, spring-supported door, whereas garage door openers regulate the open and close functionality of the door by either a wall-mounted switch or a signal generator. However, due to the stress of everyday opening and closing, things will need to be replaced at some point over the course of the lifespan of your door. If a part of the garage door becomes a problem, it can cause some safety issues and how well the door works overall.
It is also important to understand that no matter how safe a garage door may be designed to be, the springs may still cause potential danger over time. Here are some reasons why a door spring might fail:
Outside of a total maintenance check, it is important to do monthly checks to the door and all of its parts for any signs of detrimental wear. We suggest that you do not alter or repair the springs yourself, because the springs are held under really high tensions and can break unexpectedly, which can cause serious injury or even fatality. If you see anything that may cause harm it is important to call for a full maintenance check for further inspection and possible repair.
Don’t allow children to play or use garage door controls. You should not stand or walk under a garage door while it is opening or closing. It is especially important to be an example to children and to teach them about garage door safety to prevent injury. Always remember safety first!
Hands and feet should not be by pulleys, hinges and springs, or the intersection points between door panels. A closing door can crush body parts easily if they happen to get trapped between them.
The automatic reversal system is something that may need to be adjusted. Spring flexibility will change depending on the temperature, so it is important to adjust it accordingly. This service should only be performed by a trained garage door technician.
Keep debris or other things away from the photo electric sensor so that the door may function properly. Also, do not leave a door partially open; when closing again, it may move down and hit an object in its way.
Overall, remember to check how well the door is working on a monthly basis and if things aren’t working as they should, call us to service the door.
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