Your Garage Door and You
Electric garage doors are convenient, but they often pose a real danger when people don’t heed the safety instruction that come with them. You see, garage doors can weigh up to 500-600 pounds and can crush and trap someone beneath it. A partially opened door that won’t move poses a serious situation to all. Walking under such a door could prove deadly if the door suddenly releases.
Don’t Pull The Cord!
Another danger is pulling the emergency release cord while standing too close to the door. The door could hit you or the ladder that you are standing on. Releasing the door can also cause you or someone helping you to get a hand or clothing caught in the door. Only pull the release cord when the door is down unless you are a thrained professional.
Then there is the danger of young children playing with the remote control that they have no idea of how it works. They could press the button to close and have the door come down on them or one of their little friends.
Quicker Than The Garage Door?
So you think that you are fast enough to pass under the garage door before it gets to you? Think about it folks, if you happen to trip and fall under the door’s path and there is no safety, who will stop the door? Another danger is that you may hit you head on the door as it comes down.
Door Safety Eyes
Since 1993, door manufacturers have had anti-entrapment safety features that make the door go back up if too much resistance is met. There are also photo eyes that detect someone walking under the doors, but unfortunately older doors are not equipped with these features and I’ve seen more of my share of doors that have been riged to bypass these features.
Check Your Garage Doors For Safety
Garage doors should be checked for safety on a regular basis. Make it a monthly check to see that all is well and functional. Have a safety class with your family about how the garage door buttons work, about what not to do, and have a plan in place to call for help if the door ever traps someone. gargae doors are one of the heaviest things that can easily fall on you in your home, so you should include it in your home hazard plan.
Don’t Forget The Pets!
Too often, we just push the button and walk away. You should always watch and wait until the door is completely closed before taking your eyes off of the door. Aside from children, pets are notorious for trying to quickly dart under the door, in an effort to get in or out of the garage. You don’t want Fluffy to become a frizby do you?
Protect Your Hands And Eyes
Garage doors often collect dirt, leaves and other debris. When working on them you should wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. Never, ever stick your hands in tracks, roller areas, or chain drives with the power on or off for that matter.