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Your garage door is the largest piece of moving equipment in your house. With a properly designed garage door system, regular maintenance, and detailed safety instructions to family members, your garage door and opener can provide years of safe, secure, and trouble free operation.
Top Garage Door Safety Risks
Here's what to watch for:
Torsion and extension springs and attached hardware are under extreme tension at all times. All tension must be released from springs before any work is performed on the springs, hardware, or bottom cable brackets. Only a professionally trained service person should relieve the springs of any tension.
As with any door, caution must be used when closing it. Do not attempt to manually close a garage door by placing fingers between the sections as a place to grab onto the door. Serious injury could result! Use the step/lift handle or pull rope attached to the door to pull door closed.
Bottom cable brackets:
These brackets are attached to the springs, which are under extreme tension. Never attempt to loosen them unless all tension is first removed from springs. Only a professionally trained service person should relieve the springs of any tension.
Garage door opener, wall control panel, and remote controls:
Your garage door opener is a great convenience, but can cause injury if used improperly. Never let anyone "race to beat the door" as it closes. Keep the wall control panel at least five feet above ground and the remote controls away from children. Instruct children never to play underneath the area where the garage door closes. Always keep the area in full view as it operates and do not leave the area until the door completely opens or closes.
Routine preventive maintenance can prevent tragedies and ensure years of uninterrupted service for your garage doors.
Monthly Maintenance Checking:
Garage Door opener:
- Visual inspection of chain/belt and mounting brackets
- Reversal test
- Force setting test
- Photo eye/electric edge test
- Visual inspection of springs, rollers, pulleys, cables, hinges, track, etc.
- Counterbalance test
If you suspect any problem with your door, call a professional garage door technician immediately.
To help prevent future problems, have it inspected annually.
For more informations, visit www.garagedoorcare.com.