5 Garage Door Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know!

Garage doors protect and secure the largest opening in your home.  Following simple yet effective garage door safety tips can increase the longevity of your garage doors; while keeping you and your loved ones safe!  Since more than 70% of homeowners use their attached garage as the main entranceway into their home, making sure you practice garage door safety is a must.  So, what can you do as a homeowner to stay safe?  Following some easy safety tips from industry leaders such as IDA and DASMA, will help guide the way.       

5 Easy But Effective Garage Door Safety Tips 

Check Your Garage Door Cables:  Your garage door cables are affected by everyday use.  DASMA recommends the following to ensure they are in proper working order:

Visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained garage door technician.
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Watch Your Fingers: Since your garage door is most likely the largest and heaviest opening in your home, this DASMA tip is especially important:

Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their fingers by placing them between the garage door sections to pull down on the door.  According to DASMA Standard 116, if your door lacks pinch-resistant joints, you should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door. Even if your door has a garage door opener, the garage door must occasionally be operated manually. Never place your fingers between the door sections. If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points! 

Don’t Chance It; Check It:.  Your garage door opener should be equipped with a safety reverse system to ensure that the garage door is not able to close completely should something be under the door!  In fact, DASMA standards require such a system:

Since 1993, all openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a second safety reversing feature such as photoelectric eyes. These are installed near the floor. Once the invisible beam is broken, the door reverses automatically. If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to get a new opener. 

Listen for Squeaky Springs: Springs can make squeaky noise after multiple closures.  They can also make grinding or scraping sounds.  This does not necessarily mean the springs need replacing.  First, spray lubricant designed for garage doors onto the springs.  Should the noise continue, contact a professional Amarr garage door dealer near you for expert help!

Service Your Garage Doors Regularly:  Maintenance on garage doors is no different than maintaining your AC unit or changing out the batteries in smoke detectors.   A proper maintenance routine for your garage doors can make the difference in simply needing to repair a garage door versus having to replace your garage door completely.

Since May is garage door safety month, we encourage all garage door owners to explore more about garage door safety tips. 

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19 Responses to 5 Garage Door Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know!

  1. Justin Knox says:

    Thank you for the help. I have started having some issues with my garage doors recently. I am now wondering if the cables are in good condition still. How easy is it to fix the cables in the event of them being damaged?

  2. Sarah Smith says:

    I just moved into a new house and want to make sure the garage door is safe. Thanks for the advice about checking cables to make sure they’re not frayed or worn. Now I just need to find a garage door service to have on hand in case any of my cables need to be replaced.

  3. I really like the tip to check your cables. I’ve never had a garage door fall on me, but I’ve been in the garage when a cable has snapped. It’s definitely not an experience that I’d like to relive anytime soon. Regular maintenance is usually the best way to prevent costly repairs too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I had no idea that your garage door should be equipped with a safety reverse system. There have been a few occasions where I will not pull the car into the garage fully before I shut the door. I am glad that the reverse system was installed so that my car and house wasn’t damaged.

  5. Alise Harper says:

    I didn’t know that the garage door opener should be equipped with a safety reverse system. I recently closed the garage door and it crushed my bike that I had left halfway out of the garage. I will definitely have to get my door programmed so it will sense something in the way of it closing. Thanks for the information!

  6. I don’t doubt that so many people use their garage as the main way they enter their home. When I was growing up we only used the front door when someone knocked on it. Making sure everything is working properly, like the garage door can open and even possibly lock, is important.

  7. I really appreciate that idea to check your cables on your garage door. I honestly don’t think that I have ever checked my cables, so I’ll have to take a look at them soon. If I find a problem, I will have to call a garage door repairman to come fix it because I have to idea how to do that myself. Thanks for the info!

  8. I like the idea of safety reverses. I would hate for my child to be under the garage door when it closes. I want to be sure that it will stop before, just in case! Accidents can happen, and it would be nice to have a safety feature installed!

  9. Faylinn says:

    I have three young children, which means that the safety reverse is the most important feature. They like to play a game where they run under the garage door as it closes and I’m just glad that this feature exists so that they don’t get hurt. However, do you know whether or not this feature also allows the garage to stop just in case someone climbs on one side of the garage as it goes up? My kids don’t do that, but I have heard of some doing that and that scares me a bit.

  10. The safety that a garage door provides is something that you don’t always think about until it is broken. I never realized how many easy it is to access my home if this is compromised until it actually happened. Thankfully, nothing serious occurred while we were vulnerable, but I will definitely be carrying out your maintenance tips in order to avoid getting into a similar situation in the future!

  11. I really like what you said checking your garage on a regular basis. This is something I haven’t done, but after reading this I’m realizing just how important it is to be doing that! I’m going to be sure to check the cables, and make sure that they aren’t frayed, and if they are, I will be calling the a professional right away.

  12. Kayla Rogers says:

    I hadn’t realized it was so important to regularly check garage cables. I appreciate the tip to check for any fraying or heavy wear on the cables. This is a helpful thing to put include in our home maintenance for safety. Thanks.

  13. It’s nice to be made aware of these safety items. I’ve read a story online about someone who got hurt because this person didn’t care to maintain or repair any damages it had. Sometimes I think that people don’t give too much thought about what dangers it can pose.

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  15. Thanks for the garage safety tips! My wife and I are going to have a new garage door put in, and we want to know some of the safety precautions we should be paying attention to. Thanks for mentioning that you should check your cables regularly to make sure they aren’t frayed and worn. I will be sure to start doing that.

  16. I just wanted to thank you for going over some good garage safety tips. I’m glad that you talked about the importance of checking the safety reverse system, and even show how to test it. My brother has been thinking of installing a garage at his place, so maybe these tips could be useful for him to know in the future.

  17. I am glad you talked about checking your cables in your garage door. My dad saw that his cables were almost snapped and had to get them serviced. I am grateful for the safety tips for garage doors.

  18. Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to watch your fingers so they are safe! My wife and I have been thinking about getting a new garage door. If we do, I will be sure to keep my fingers safe while we replace them!

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