GARAGE DOOR SAFETY TIPS Brought to you by: FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1965 Professional dealer of overhead garage doors and electric operators. Table of Contents Purpose of the Booklet ..........................................................3 Get to Know Your Garage Door ............................................4 Safety and Maintenance Guidelines ........................................5 Resources ..........................................................................11 Carl’s Door Safety Booklet 2 The Purpose of This Booklet A garage door is likely the largest piece of movable machinery in your home. It is a complicated system of panels, tracks, springs, motors, hooks, cables and hinges that work together to open and close at the click of a button. But are you sure that all of those parts are in good working order? A garage door that is not functioning properly can pose danger to you and your loved ones. And the only way to know for sure that everything is operating to standard is to hire a professional to come out for an inspection. At Carl’s it is our passion to ensure that your garage door is never a safety hazard, but always a thing of beauty that enhances your home and quality of life. The following pages offer some information on why and how to check your garage door to ensure safe operation. When in doubt, always consult a professional technician. Carl’s offers garage door safety inspections starting at $95 (price varies by location.) Please call the office if you would like to schedule a service call: 410.557.8700. When in doubt, always consult a professional technician. www.carlsdoorservice.com 3 Get to Know Your Garage Door Let’s get oriented with the many working parts of modern garage doors. Below is a diagram of the parts present in most door systems. Source: http://www.garagedoorpartsguide.net/garage-door-parts-diagram/ 1. Bearing Plates 2. Cables 3. Pulleys & Sheaves 4. Locks & Handles 5. Rollers 6. Garage Door Rail Components 7. Garage Door Openers 8. Extension Springs 9. Springs 10. Panel Hinges 11. Weatherstripping 12. Bottom Fixtures 13. Graduated Hinges Carl’s Door Safety Booklet 14. Top Fixtures 15. Quick Disconnect Arts 16. Garage Door Torsion Springs 17. Torsion Spring Shafts 18. Angle Iron Brackets 19. Track 20. Bracket 21. Flag Bracket 22. Vertical Tracks 23. Track Brackets 24. Sensors 25. Garage Door Remotes 26. Garage Door Keypads 4 Automatic Garage Door Opener Safety & Maintenance Guide SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS Automatic garage door 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. Careless operation and allowing children to play with or use garage door opener controls are alo dangerous situations that can lead to tragic results. 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. A garage door is the largest moving object in the home. An improperly adjusted garage door opener can exert deadly force when the door closes – which could lead to entrapment of children or adults and subsequent injury or death from asphyxiation. www.carlsdoorservice.com 5 Garage Door Openers Are NOT Toys SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS 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. Carl’s Door Safety Booklet 6 Teach Your Children About Garage Door Safety SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS Discuss garage door safety with your children. Explain the danger of being trapped under the door. Do not let children play with or use the pushbutton or transmitter. The pushbutton wall control should be out of reach of children (at least 5 feet from the floor) and away from all moving parts. Mount and use the button where you can clearly see the closing garage door. www.carlsdoorservice.com 7 Teach Your Children About Garage Door Safety SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS When using the pushbutton or transmitter, keep the door in sight until it completely closes. Teach children to never play under or near an open garage door. Do not allow children to run under a closing door. Testing the Opener Make sure your opener has a reversing feature and test the reversing feature every month. With the door open, place a one inch thick piece of wood, laid flat, on the floor in the door’s path at approximately the center of the door. While a 1 inch piece of wood is best, if you don’t have one, use a 2 x 4 laid flat. Test the balance of the doo before performing the reversal test. Carl’s Door Safety Booklet 8 Testing the Opener SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS Push the control button to close the door. The door opener must reverse and open the door when it strikes the wood. If the opener does not reverse, have it repaired or replaced. Also consider replacement of the garage door opener if it is an older model. Have a qualified individual adjust, repair or replace the parts. Test the force setting of your garage door opener by holding up the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse readily, the force is excessive and needs adjusting. Your garage door opener owner’s manual will explain how to adjust the force sensitivity. A qualified individual should adjust it. To avoid entrapment, be sure to perform the 1 inch reversing test after any repairs or adjustments are made to the garage door or opener. Many garage door openers can be equipped with accessory safety devices. Consider adding an electric eye or edge sensor as an extra measure of safety to protect against entrapment. www.carlsdoorservice.com 9 Routine Maintenance Can Prevent Tragedies SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS There are routine maintenance steps that you should follow once a month. Review your owner’s manual for both the door and door opener. If you don’t have the owner’s manuals, contact the manufacturer(s) and request a copy for your specific model(s). Look for the opener model number on the back of the power unit. Look at the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and other door hardware for signs of wear. If you suspect any problems, have a qualified person make repairs. The springs and related hardware are under high tension and can cause severe injury when handled improperly. WARNING: Springs are under high tension. Only qualified individuals should adjust them. Rollers and hinges of a garage door require periodic lubrication. Use a spray silicone or lightweight household oil according to the instructions in your owner’s manual. Carl’s Door Safety Booklet 10 Peridoically 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. Garage Door Opener Safety An Automatic Decision Take a few minutes to inspect and test your garage door system. Make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine. Safety is everyone’s business. Make garage door opener safety automatic in your home. This important information is provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Safety Council and the Industry Coalition for Automatic Garage Door Opener Safety. www.carlsdoorservice.com 11 Additional Resources For more Garage Door Safety Tips, visit: International Door Association (www.doors.org) Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (www.DASMA.com) 2502 Greene Road Baldwin, MD 21013 (410) 557-8700 www.carlsdoorservice.com Like us on Facebook!
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