So many Northwest Indiana homes have a deadly 200+ pound hazard hanging overhead in their garage — it’s your garage door. A typical 2-car garage door can weigh up to 225 pounds, and some older ones can weigh more than that.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 3 children per year are killed after becoming trapped by garage doors taht do not automatically stop and reverse, while others have suffered injuries or brain damage.
To check the door yourself, pull the quick-release mechanism when the garage door is closed. Manually raise and lower the garage door (Now don’t automatically think you’re a muscleman that can lift 200+ pounds with one hand; with the help of the springs, it will be considerably lighter!) It should lift smoothly, and be balanced and slide freely. It the door is out of balance, does not raise and lower evenly, or sticks, be sure to have it serviced by a professional. Garage doors that are out of balance can crash to the ground unexpectedly.
The garage door should also stay open on its own at about three feet above the ground. If it does not, have it serviced by a professional, as the spring will need to be adjusted. NEVER DO THIS BY YOURSELF! Never attempt to adjust the springs either, skydiving without a parachute would be safer! You should also test the safety sensors (the “eyes”) on a regular basis. To do this, push the wall button of your garage door opener so the garage door begins to close. Wave a long object like a broomstick in front of the sensors so it “breaks the beam.” The garage door should reverse immediately. If it does not, pull the broomstick away and allow the door to close. Clean the safety sensor “eyes” to make sure that they are clean, and adjust to make sure they are completely even. Then open the garage door and try the test again. If the garage door does not automatically reverse when the eyes are tripped, have it serviced by a professional.
To maintain your garage door, annually apply WD-40 to the moving parts– hinges, rollers and pivot points– to keep the garage door in optimal performance.