The best way to avoid garage door injuries is to inspect garage doors on a regular basis--at least once a month. Look for any visual damage and make sure it operates smoothly, without any sudden stops or starts. Listen for any unusual sounds and make sure the pulleys are working smoothly. Also inspect your door any time someone backs a car into it or causes another impact, even if there's no obvious visual damage.
Test the auto-reversing mechanism by placing an object in front of the sensor. This should make the garage door go back up instead of closing. This is a standard fixture in modern garage doors and is an important way of avoiding potentially deadly accidents. Also be sure that the sensors aren't set too high, which could cause them to miss a small child or animal crawling under the door.
Maintain Your Door
Because they contain mechanical parts, garage doors require regular maintenance to prevent them from wearing out too quickly. Keep your door as clean as possible to avoid wear and tear. Every 1-2 years, have a professional technician go over your garage door from top to bottom to make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
Leave Repairs to Professionals
It can be tempting to try to repair your garage door yourself, but it’s not recommended. In fact, it’s one of the most common ways people are injured by garage doors every year. Dealing with any mechanical or electrical components of your door can put you at risk from electric shock. Worn cables can snap and cause severe injury. Moving door components can pinch your fingers hard enough to break bone.
Many people are surprised at how much damage a moving garage door can cause. The most common injuries involve the fingers, which can become pinched in the door joints or even cut or tangled in the springs or wires. Keep your hands away from all parts of your garage door any time it is in use.
Children should never be allowed to play with or around your garage door. Any time the door is opening or closing, be sure you know exactly where your children are. The same goes for pets, which might dart under the door as it is closing. Once your children are old enough, teach them to use caution when operating the garage door and never treat it like a toy or try to race underneath it as its closing.
Keep Remotes out of Reach
Make a point of storing your remotes in places where your children can’t get to them. This prevents accidents during those times when you aren’t paying attention. You should also make sure that the garage door opener on your wall is located high enough that children can’t accidentally press it. Most are installed 4-5 feet from the ground.