As Garage Door Safety Month draws to a close, it’s important to remember that safety doesn’t stop at the end of June. Safe practices with your garage door should be done every day. The Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) offers these safety guidelines to keep yourself, your family and your property safe.
DASMA Garage Door Safety Guidelines
- DO NOT STAND OR WALK UNDER A MOVING GARAGE DOOR
- If your door is in motion, wait until it is completely open before walking under it. Do not play “beat the door” games or duck under a moving garage door to get into or out of your garage. Doing so can cause serious injury.
- DO NOT LET CHILDREN PLAY WITH TRANSMITTORS OR REMOTES
- Electronics may be fun for children to play with, but a garage door remote is one thing they should never entertain themselves with. They could inadvertently close the door on a car, person, or pet as well as themselves. Be sure to keep remotes away from children at all times.
- INSTALL PUSH BUTTON CONTROLS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
- For the same reason a child should not play with a door remote, they should also not have access to the push button keypad.
- KEEP YOUR DOOR IN SIGHT DURING OPERATION
- Never close your garage door with a remote or keypad and walk away. Always watch the door close completely before breaking sight with your door just in case someone or something is in the way.
- TEACH CHILDREN TO KEEP HANDS AND FINGERS AWAY FROM THE GARAGE DOOR
- Whether you open your door manually or with a motor, never let children put their hands or fingers near a moving door. They could get trapped in the hinges, between the sections, in the tracks etc. and become seriously injured. Teach children to stay a safe distance from a moving garage door at all times.
Click here for a print out of the guidelines listed above from DASMA