Each year thousands of children are injured by garage doors. This episode of Rescue 911 is just one example. In the United States from 1974 to 1995 85 children have suffered serious injury. While fatal garage door injuries have fallen significantly since then, there are still many ways that a garage door can seriously harm a child. Every garage door that Mighty Garage Door’s installs is safety checked throughout the entire installation process. Even with our safety measures during installation and industry regulations that we follow, children can still find ways to get hurt by garage doors. Many of these injuries can be prevented by educating children on garage door safety. We’ve put together some of best practices you can do to help prevent children from getting injured by a garage door.
Keep the garage door button out of reach.
This is a very helpful tip and simple fix. If your garage door opener button is lower than 5 ft. from the ground, you’re giving children free reign over opening and closing the garage door. It’s easy to overlook, but by simply raising the garage door opener button a foot or two, you’re saving yourself the trouble that can be caused by children running the garage door. This can also apply to your garage door remote. (As a side note, it’s required by law that your garage door button is 5 ft. off the ground.)
Before January 1st, 1993 garage door openers were not required to have photo eye safety sensors on them. A law that passed in required garage door opener manufacturers to have included in garage door openers kits photoeyes. The job of a photoeye is to ensure that nothing is blocking the path of a garage door as it closes. If anything cuts the invisible beam that connects the photoeyes the door should automatically go back up or not go down at all. If this does not happen call Mighty Garage Doors immediately for service.
Stay away from a moving garage door
This one is easily followable and easily teachable. As soon as the garage door is in motion, stand back and wait while it goes through it’s full cycle. Teach children that a moving garage door is not a play thing. Teach them to be patient and that a moving garage door is when they are most likely to injure themselves.
These helpful garage door safety tips will keep children safe as well as add life to your garage door. Thanks for reading!