Garage door safety is something that should be taken seriously, as an unsafe door can cause major damage. Ideally, you should inspect your garage door annually to see if everything is working in tip-top shape. Below is a checklist that can help you in determining whether or not your garage door is functioning properly, and safely.

  • Avoid Moving Objects – It may seem obvious, but when inspecting the safety of your garage door, you need to stay away from the door. Also, keep your fingers away from any tracks, springs, hinges or joints.
  • Visual Inspection – If something looks wrong, it probably is. Don’t go any further at this point until you’ve spoken with a trained garage door technician.
  • Keep An Eye On The Remotes – If you have a small child, the last thing you want happening when you’re inspecting the garage door is having them open or shut it. The same goes for wall mounted door controls. Make sure they are high enough to keep them out of reach.
  • Keep An Eye On The Door – See a trend here? Watch your surroundings so you don’t get smacked by the door opening or closing. Watch for the door to shut completely.
  • Force Testing – Stand out of the way from the door and try to stop it from closing. If it takes more than a little force, the force is excessive and needs adjustment.
  • Reverse Testing – Lay a 2×4 on it’s side in the way of the door. Once the door tries to shut and it hits, it should reverse. If it does not, contact a specialist immediately.
  • Balance Testing – After unhooking the motor, try lifting the door up. The door should lift up easily with little to no resistance.
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