Garage Doors and Openers Safety & Maintenance

Maintenance & Safety Tips

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Automatic garage doors/ openers are installed in millions of households. Proper installation, operation, maintenance and testing of the garage door and automatic opener are necessary to provide a safe, trouble-free product. An improperly adjusted garage door/opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from becoming trapped under the door.

 

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Careless operation and allowing children to play with or use garage door opener controls are also dangerous situations that can lead to tragic results.

Only experienced individuals should repair, service, or install garage doors and electric door openers, as they can be very dangerous.

Garage door springs, cables, and other hardware attached to the springs are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions should replace or install springs or cables.

Damage to property can occur if not using the correct tools and without following proper procedures.

Never attempt to weld a broken spring.  Garage door openers must have all safety features in working order, installed and adjusted to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

A few simple precautions can protect your family and friends from potential harm.

Please take a few minutes to read the following  maintenance and safety tips.Then check the operation of your garage door and opener to ensure they function in a safe and trouble-free manner. Do not stand or walk under a moving door! Do not let children play “beat the door”. It is very dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Adults should set a good example. Keep transmitters and remote controls out of reach of children. Do not let children play with or use the transmitters or remote controls. Discuss garage door safety with your children. Do not let children play with or use pushbutton or transmitter. When using pushbutton or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely closes. Do not allow children to run under a closing door.

There are routine maintenance steps that you should follow once a month .If you suspect any problems , DO NOT USE YOUR GARAGE DOOR SYSTEM, have a qualified person make repairs. The spring and related hardware is under high tension and can cause severe injury when handled improperly.

Look at the garage door springs,cables,rollers,pulleys and other door hardware for signs of wear.

Rollers and hinges of a garage door require periodic lubrication.Use a spray silicon or lightweight household oil.

Periodically test the balance of your door. Start with your door closed. Disconnect the garage door opener, release mechanism so you can operate the door by hand.You should be able to lift the door smoothly and with little resistance. It should stay open around three to four feet above the floor. If it does not, it is out of balance. Have it adjusted by a professional.

Damage to property can occur if not using the correct tools and without following proper procedures. Never attempt to weld a broken spring.  Garage door openers must have all safety features in working order, installed and adjusted to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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