June is Garage Door Safety Month, which is an annual event presented by DASMA (Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association). With this in mind and the weather getting nicer, it is a great time for a maintenance check. By taking the time now, you help keep your family and property safe, as well as spare yourself more expensive repairs in the future.
To help you out, we produced an easy-to-follow list below.
Garage Door Safety Tips
Perform a Visual Inspection
Examine the garage door’s internal and external parts for wear and tear. When in doubt, consult with a garage door repair professional if you think a component should be replaced.
Test Your Door Sensors
Make sure the door sensors prevent your garage door from closing an object in the path of your sensors. Aim to check these parts on a monthly basis.
Test Your Door’s Balance
Ensure the garage door opens easily and remains open after being lifted up. You should be able to place the garage door at any position in the opening and have it balance. If not, consult with a garage door repair professional to have it adjusted.
Maintain an Optimal Force Setting
For safety, residential garage door openers have a force setting. Place a 2×4 on the ground below the door while it is in the open position. Then, begin to close the door. The garage door opener should revere to the open position when the door comes in contact with the board. This test will assure the force setting is operating correctly.
Keep Limbs and Objects Clear of Garage Door Path
Prevent bodily injuries and damage to your garage door by keeping body parts and objects out of the door’s open-close path.
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