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The garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in most homes. Sometimes these doors can weigh in excess of 400 pounds. They hang over your head, your children's heads, and your expensive automobiles, yet most people never take time to make sure their garage door and opener are working properly and safely.
Automatic garage doors are a safe, reliable convenience, but poor maintenance and carelessness with these doors can result in tragedy. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, at least 68 children have died in accidents from electronically operated garage doors since 1973. In 1994 alone, the CPSC estimated there were approximately 20,000 injuries related to garage doors and openers.
Many of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided if the following list of do's and don'ts had been followed.
SAFETY TIP: Children playing with the wall control panels of your automatic garage door opener can lead to accidents that might cause either personal injury or property damage. Test your door opener's reverse mechanism every month by placing a 2x4 laid flat on the floor underneath the middle of the garage door. Operate the door with the opener and when the door comes in contact with the 2x4 it should reverse within 2 seconds and go back up. If your door does not reverse, refer to the owner's manual for proper adjustment or call a professional to have it checked out.
SAFETY TIP: A faulty or improperly adjusted reversing mechanism on your garage door opener could cause damage to your car or even injure a child or pet that inadvertently gets caught in the way of the closing door. All garage door openers manufactured after 1991 are required to have a reversing mechanism.
SAFETY TIP: Reversing mechanisms activated by contact can prevent most potential damage or injuries caused by a garage door closing automatically. Properly working "photo eyes" now offer an added safety guard but, if bumped or jarred in any way, photo eyes may be disabled. Required on all garage door openers manufactured and installed after 1993, photo eyes are connected to the bottom of the track and reverse the door when an infrared beam is broken. Safety is improved because nothing actually has to make contact with the door before it reverses.
SAFETY TIP: A garage door that does not go up and down smoothly when manually operated probably has a spring system that is out of balance, or a problem with the track and roller system that could cause premature wear and tear on your door's hardware. Depending on how worn the springs and rollers are, your door may need to be adjusted or replaced. If your door fails this test please have it adjusted or serviced by a professional. Garage door springs are very powerful and dangerous.
SAFETY TIP: Check your door carefully to make sure the springs use a safety containment cable. If a spring should break, safety containment cables prevent it from snapping free and causing damage or injury.
SAFETY TIP: Beware of old springs, keep in mind that garage door springs are actually tightly wound and under high tension, and this is why they can be the source of accidents. A breaking spring could lash out and strike property or people. If you have an older garage door, be certain your springs are inspected and replaced by a professional installer and replace if needed. If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.
SAFETY TIP: Your garage door is probably the largest moving part in your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although there is some light maintenance and inspections you can perform yourself you should have your garage door professionally serviced at least once a year to ensure maximum safety and increase the life of your door.
This important information is provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Safety Council and the Industry Coalition for Automatic Garage Door Opener Safety.
Did you know that someone could have the key to your house?
Beware of a new crime threat to your home security.
"Code-grabbing" devices enable a thief to record your garage door opener access code when you press the button on your remote control — giving the thief easy access to your home.
CodeDodger™ Access Security System from Overhead Door Company
CodeDodger™ is rolling code technology, similar to that used with the defense industry, which is integrated into current model Overhead Door® garage door openers (Phantom™, Signature Screw Drive™ and Legacy™).
A CodeDodger™ universal radio kit can also be installed to upgrade existing garage door openers.
CodeDodger™ prevents code-grabbing thieves from opening the garage door by eliminating access code duplication. Since the code transmitted continually changes, a thief who copies your code and plays it back can't activate the opener to gain access. Thieves using code-grabber devices will always be a step behind, since CodeDodger™ never transmits or receives the same access code twice.
CodeDodger™ selects a new access code automatically from 4.3 billion possible combinations each time the garage door opener is activated.
CodeDodger™ prevents the system from responding to any remote control other than the Overhead Door® remote(s) programmed to work with the receiver. This simple programming procedure — in which the receiver "learns" the remote controller's code — is activated by pressing the remote controller button twice with the receiver in the learn mode.
CodeDodger™ eliminates the need to set switches on the remote controller or receiver. Most garage door openers currently installed require the installer or homeowner to select a personal security code by resetting switches. Because each CodeDodger™ remote controller comes with its own continually changing access code, there is no need to set manual code switches. Each remote controller's code is unique to the next.