Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners


If you are the owner of a garage door, it is very important that you consider the following tips regarding maintaining a safe and secure door and operator:

It is important to properly perform routine maintenance on your garage door system.

Garage doors with operators feature an emergency release device that can be readily identified – just look for the red cord with a red handle. This device is required by law for the purpose of quick disengagement of the operator. It should never be modified, including the addition of a zip-tie for the purpose of security.

Removing the red handle is not recommended and strongly discouraged. The handle is required by UL 325 and federal law. It is there for emergencies such as a child being entrapped under the door.

If you wish, frosting your garage door windows (if applicable) will obscure visibility into your garage.

By adding a motion-sensing exterior light outside your garage, unwanted guests areless likely to attempt entry into your garage at night.

Leaving the remote control to your garage door operator in your automobile can be an invitation to a thief or undesirable person to enter your house; just like leaving the key to your house in plain view.

At least annually, contact a professional door dealer to inspect your garage door system. A periodic inspection and maintenance visit by a pro can save you headaches and dollars in the future.

Check the surroundings of the roller tracks. Move items that may come in contact with a moving door such as a shovel, broom or lawn edger.

Have your garage door monitored by a security system just as you would any other door or window in your home, and/or install a garage door monitoring system to help you remember to close your garage door.

A very basic and simple tip: remembering to keep your garage door closed can help you protect your home and property. If you must have your garage door open, lock the pass door between the home and the garage.

Children and Garage Door Safety


It’s important that parents teach their children that the garage door and garage door opener are not toys. That applies to both their home as well as those of playmates and relatives.

DOORS are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.

OPENERS are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.

OUCH! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!

REMOTES are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom & Dad’s keychain.

And, please remember to keep garage door opener transmitters and remotes out of the reach of children. The garage door opener button installed in the garage should be installed at least five feet from the floor, out of the reach of the little ones’ hands and fingers.