In this post, we’ll talk about National Garage Door Safety Month and the importance of garage door safety.
Did you know that garage doors cause thousands of injuries in the U.S. each year? According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 10,000 garage door-related injuries every year.
The garage door is usually the largest, heaviest moving part in the average home, typically weighing 300-400 pounds. If this weight comes crashing down on someone, it’s easy to understand how dangerous this can be.
For many people, the garage is also the main door they use to enter and exit the house. It’s used every day to enter and exit the home.
For these reasons, it’s important to make sure your garage door is functioning properly. You want to help protect your family from potential injuries, keep your door working so you can enter and exit normally, and also maintain your door so that it lasts as long as possible.
June is the perfect time to do a safety check of your garage door and talk to your kids about safety.
The kids are home from school, the season is full of activities and the garage door is likely to see extra usage this time of year.
Perform a garage door inspection
If you haven’t inspected your garage door system in awhile, now is the time.
- Are there any unusual sounds or loud noises that weren’t there last year?
- Have your parts been lubricated or balanced recently?
Some simple and affordable garage door maintenance tasks could add years to your door and protect your safety.
Garage door inspection checklist
- Assess the Situation – Search for and evaluate any problem areas, assess any damages, and create a plan of action to keep your garage door in working order.
- Test Garage Door Balance – An improper balance will cause your garage door system to work harder and become weak.
- Inspect Rollers – Garage door rollers need to be inspected twice a year and replaced every 7-10 years. Take note of worn or warped rollers.
- Lubricate Moving Parts – The moving parts in your garage door system need to stay slick to work properly for years and years.
- Check Cables – Check for fraying and any other type of damage. Ensure the cables are properly threaded around the cable drums.
- Test Auto-Safety Functions – Use a wood block or box to test that the auto-reverse feature works in your garage.
- Inspect the Tracks – Inspect the tracks to make sure they are free from debris and properly aligned.
Take a few minutes this June (or this weekend, or this very moment) to keep your home and family safe.
Thanks for reading and have a great summer!
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Garage Door Safety Links
CPSC Warns Of Garage Door Accidents – CPSC
10 Garage Door Safety Tips – The Spruce
Preventing Garage Door Injuries – TCI Team
Garage Door Tune-Up – The Family Handyman
Garage Door Inspection Procedure – International Association of Certified Home Inspectors