National Safety Month

The National Safety Council www.nsc.org has named June National Safety month for your home. I thought this would be a good time to remind us of the safety needed for and around your garage door.

1. Make sure the garage door opener control button (wall button) and outside keypad is out of reach of small children.

2. Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.

3. Know how to disconnect the opener from the garage door.

4. Visually look at cables for signs of fraying and weakness.

5. Test the garage door opener’s reversing system. 

6. While on vacation, use the garage door opener’s lock switch to lock out remote transmissions; or, check out a new opener with My Q technology.  My Q allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere you may be with internet access. www.activateyourhome.com

7. If the garage door will not open or seems sluggish, check above your door for a broken spring. A broken torsion spring will have a separation between the coils.  Using your garage door with a broken spring will wear out the gears in the garage door opener unit.  Springs are very dangerous and should be replaced by a professional.   

8. If you are using your garage door manually (without a power opener) always use a lift handle.  This will avoid pinching your fingers between the sections.

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