Watch Your Fingers: Playing It Safe Around Your Garage Door

What are the seven most costly words in the English language? “Let me try to fix it myself.” Untrained handy people all over the world end up hurting themselves – and things they are working – every day. At the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines, we know that garage doors are not exempt from this trend. So for Garage Door Safety Month, we’ve listed a few points that will make you reconsider the next time you’re thinking of going all Home Improvement on your garage door.

Number Don’t Lie

NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) – a database maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on all consumer product-related injuries – states there are approximately 10,000 Americans injured per year in garage door-related accidents. While most are not serious, many are avoidable. People putting appendages where they should not is always a recipe for disaster. As a rule of thumb (get it), do not touch a garage door while it’s moving.

Don’t Be A Stuntman

This goes hand-in-hand with the first point. In addition to the folks that don’t take the proper precautions when operating their garage doors, there are those that are seemingly trying to injure themselves by playing with them. They hang on them like they would playground equipment and try slide underneath them in order to act out some sort of Indiana Jones-style fantasy. Unsurprisingly, this does not end well. An additional 800 injuries occur each year due to stunts. Just a gentle reminder: YOUR GARAGE DOOR IS NOT A TOY!

Safety Extends To You And Your Home

Garage Door Safety Month is about more than preventing you and your family from doing questionable stunts, it’s also about keeping you up to date on the latest and greatest technology to keep your home safe. With OHD Anywhere® app, it’s now easier than ever to control your garage door. Once the OHD Anywhere® sensor is attached to your garage door, you check to see if it is open or closed. Additionally, the OHD Anywhere® app gives you a full history of when your door has been opened and with which opener.

Leave It To The Pros

It doesn’t take a trained eye to see if something is off with your garage door, but it takes a trained pair of hands to fix it. Whether it’s a hitch, a kink, or a hiccup, taking a few notes is all you should do before you call a professional. In fact, the only test we recommend you run is the 2×4 test. Designed to test the reversing mechanism, it’s as easy as placing a board in your garage door’s path and hitting your opener. If it does not reverse before reaching the board, then it’s once again time to call the professionals at the Overhead Door Company.

For all the do’s and don’ts regarding garage door safety, or to set up an inspection, call the experts at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines today.

(515) 276-1332