Garage door opener safety checklist

In Home Maintenance Tips, Safetyby Mark GoodmanLeave a Comment

The large majority of homeowners with attached garages use the garage at the main point to enter and exit the home. Garages are typically where today’s family keeps all of their sporting goods and outdoor activity supplies. Therefore, it’s important we talk about garage safety. Garage doors manufactured prior to 1993 may not be equipped with some safety devices and “one in 15 garage doors lack the latest safety features” says Todd Wilkinson, Field manager with Liftmaster a manufacturer of overhead garage door openers.

Garage doors are equipped with primary two safety devices that should be checked three to four times a year.

Simple 3 Step Garage Door Opener Safety Checklist

1. Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo eyes (black sensors), mounted no higher than 6 inches off the floor.
2. Block the photo eye with an object over 6 inches tall, and press the Garage Door Opener’s close button. The door should not close.
3. Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches higher on the ground in the door’s path, and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.

To read the rest of the article  which I originally wrote for Brewer Inspection Services please click here.