Tips for Doors and Openers
Below are a few tips for garage door safety and maintenance
from the International Door Association (IDA).
GARAGE DOORS & OPENERS ARE NOT TOYS
Do not allow children to play with the garage door or the opener. If a child is playing with the opener inside the home or inside the car unknown hazards may be present such as a pet, person or vehicle. The openers should be stored out of the reach of children.
Do not let children play around the garage door. Make sure a good distance is in place between anyone and the opening and closing of your garage door. Do not walk under a moving door. Be sure to always know where the emergency release is, just in case someone gets trapped under the door.
PREVENT INJURY WITH REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Simple regular maintenance can be a key factor in preventing injuries.
Be sure to actively inspect all working parts of your overhead door on a monthly basis.
Make sure there are no object around the door or its parts that could cause the door to malfunction.
Maintenance is important for both automatic and manual doors. Not only will it help prevent injury it will also help with the upkeep of the door and you can catch possible costly repairs ahead of time!
MONTHLY SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
Garage Door Opener:
- REVERSAL TEST
Make sure your door has a reversal option. Your door should be able to stop at any point in the close/open process and go the opposite way.
- FORCE SETTING TEST
Test the door by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. It should reverse instantly. Also test with a piece of wood under the door as it closes. It should stop and reverse immediately when it comes in contact with the wood. If it doesn’t, this is a major safety hazard and should be repaired.
- VISUAL INSPECTION
Look over springs, pulleys, tracks, cables and rollers. Make sure all are in working order and no items are in the way.
Properly lubricate the working elements of the door such as hinges and springs.
- DOOR BALANCE
Close the door and use the release mechanism. You should be able to operate the automatic door manually if working properly. It should open and close easily and be able to maintain an open position without assistance.