Garage doors can be dangerous. Each year, more than 20,000 adults and children are injured by them!
That’s why if you’re buying a home, having a professional check the garage door before you move in can be a good idea. Most newer garage doors incorporate photoelectric “eyes” that stop and reverse in the event a person or object is in the path of the door. But even the most high-tech garage doors can stop working properly and cause injuries.
Your garage door’s sensors are an important safety feature. One way to check if sensors are working is to place a roll of paper towels under the pathway of the door and try to lower it. When the door hits the towel roll, it should reverse direction.
Your door also should open and close smoothly. If not, the springing system may need to be adjusted or replaced. Loose brackets are another issue. They can cause serious injury if loosened or removed.