Garage Door Safety

Here is an important list of things everyone in your household should know about garage door safety. It’s a good idea to review these with everyone in your household from time to time – especially children. ADS stands ready to respond to any safety questions you may have – just call us or send an email.

1) The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.
Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.

2) Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems; these should be kept out of reach of children. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.

3) Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.

4) When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed. Make certain that no people or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.

5) Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely. Annual maintenance by ADS is strongly recommended. There are other tests and maintenance tasks that you can perform yourself (see Maintenance Guide).

6) Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should always be performed by an ADS professional.

7) Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by an ADS professional.

8) If someone has backed into the garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another), it’s a good idea to have the door inspected and/or repaired by ADS. Even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.