Garage Door Safety – It’s More Important Than You Think

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A surprising number of people are injured by garage doors. Don’t be one of them.

Garage door safety might seem like a silly thing to worry about, but garage doors are surprisingly complex devices that can be quite dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Here are some stats from a 2007 garage door safety study (http://www.garagedoorchildsafety.com/injury_report.html) that should give you pause if you don’t believe us:

  • 13,325 people were injured by garage doors in 2007.
  • 7557 people were injured when fingers were pinched or crushed between section joints (some people’s fingers were broken, dislocated, and even amputated).
  • 2012 people were injured by falling doors.
  • 1610 people were injured trying to do DIY repairs.
  • 805 people were cut on sharp edges.
  • 313 people suffered lacerations from garage window glass.
  • 313 people were injured by garage door springs.
  • 224 people were injured by doors that needed repairs.
  • 179 people were injured when they were somehow trapped by the door.
  • 134 people were injured when they tried to race under the door before it closed.
  • 89 children were injured trying to ride the door.

That’s quite a lot of garage door-related injuries. Probably more than you were expecting!

So here are some tips for how to keep yourself and your family safe around your garage door.

1. Inspect your garage door regularly for signs of wear and tear.

Think about how many times you and your loved ones open and close your garage door every day. It’s probably not something that you think about often. You just push the button to make it go up, push the button to make it go down, and forget about it. But again, really think about how many times that happens per day. When you go to work. When you go to school. When you run an errand. When you have an emergency. When you come back home for the day. When you need to get out the lawnmower. Almost every time leave your home, you have to open and close your garage door.

All of that use means that your garage door gets plenty of wear and tear. So it’s important that you schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your garage door stays up-to-date and fully functional. Check your garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys, and other door hardware at least once a month for signs of wear and tear. The springs and cables that are especially susceptible to wear and tear, so make sure they’re lubricated periodically and kept in good working condition.

And if you hear odd noises or notice a change in how smoothly your door is operating, DO NOT IGNORE THEM. The last thing you want is for your garage door to fail when your car – or worse, you – are underneath it.

2. Leave garage door repairs to the pros.

Remember that statistic about DIY repair injuries? Here it is again: in 2007, 1610 people hurt themselves trying to repair their own garage doors.

It can be tempting to try to save a few dollars by repairing your garage door yourself, but trust us, the money you save by doing it yourself is nothing compared to the medical bills you could face if your DIY repair goes awry.

So if something on your garage door needs fixing, call us. We’ve been repairing garage doors all day, every day since 1988, so we have the experience and knowledge necessary to do your repairs right and make sure you and your family stay safe.

3. Your garage door is a complex piece of machinery. Treat it with respect.

Your garage door is not a toy. It is a complex piece of machinery, and it should be treated with the same respect as your car, your stove, your power tools, or any other household convenience that could be dangerous if used improperly.

Some basic safety tips:

  • Do not let your children play on or around the garage door.
  • Do not try to go under your garage door before it closes.
  • Stand clear of the garage door and all of its moving components when it is opening or closing.
  • Keep your hands clear of moving garage door components when it is opening or closing.
  • If you must touch your garage door’s track or another one of its metal edges, use protective gloves.
  • Use the proper protection when cleaning up broken garage door glass.
  • Schedule regular maintenance to keep your garage door in peak operating condition.
  • Schedule needed repairs promptly to avoid injuries caused by a malfunctioning door.

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