Did You Know? Over 10,000 garage door related injuries occur per year in the US!
June is National Garage Safety Month! Better safe than sorry. Believe it or not, this applies to garage doors too! And why wouldn’t it? After all, garage doors are the heaviest moving component in your home. Garage doors are used to enter and exit homes more often than the front door. In fact, the average garage door opens and closes over 1,500 times per year!
Garages now play a crucial role in our day to day lives. They have evolved from a non-essential home feature to a must-have. We use them for vehicle parking and repairs, entertaining, man caves, bicycle and toy storage, and much more! Because of this evolution, garage door safety has come to the forefront of the entire industry.
National Garage Safety Month
June is the perfect time of year for National Garage Safety Month. As warmer weather approaches and summer break begins, the usage of the garage door will increase drastically. Your family will be in and out with bicycles, sporting goods, barbecue grills, and lawn chairs. With the increase of usage, it’s imperative to complete a safety inspection of your door system.
Joe Wilde Company has put together the following Garage Door Safety Month Checklist for you to ensure your garage door is fully functional and completely safe.
- Check for loose brackets. Garage door brackets are under tension because they are attached to the door’s springs. If they are missing, broken or loose, it can cause serious injury. Trained garage system professionals should be contacted to repair brackets.
- Make sure your garage door opens and closes effortlessly. If the movement is not smooth, there may be a safety issue. Look for wear and tear on the door components. If there is, or the door isn’t working when manually operated, there may be an imbalanced spring system. This is dangerous and should be immediately repaired by a service technician.
- Inspect cables and springs. Look for loose or overextended springs and cables, or ones that may be wound too tight. Check for overwear and frays. If a spring or cable snaps, the high tension release can cause substantial injury. Joe Wilde Company has a convenient option to request service online.
- Test your garage opener’s automatic reversal. To check this, place an item under the garage door and close it. If the door does not stop and reverse when it hits the item, contact a garage door repair company. Since 1993, all US manufactured garage openers must include two safety-reversing features. Photoelectric eyes are the most common. When you place an item in the path of the eye, the beam is broken. The door should not close.
For more Joe Wilde Company tips, visit our Safety page! Your safety is our priority. Remember, a few precautions can protect your loved ones from potential harm.
Always refer to your garage door and opener’s owner’s manual for product specific information.