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May is 'Garage Door Safety Month'? and here's what you need to know...

May is 'Garage Door Safety Month'​ and here's what you need to know...

May is 'Garage Door Safety Month'​ and here's what you need to know...

Well, it's THAT time of year again for a garage door safety check!

Why?

Because every single year, thousands of people are injured - needlessly - by a garage door. And every year the IDA (International Door Association) - along with businesses like ours - spread the word about simple solutions for garage door accident prevention.

May 2021 is Garage Door Safety Month

Here's what you need to know about WHY garage door safety is important...

First, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 20,000+ people go to the ER every year because of a garage door injury: severely pinched or amputated fingers, lacerations, and fractured bones. Death has occurred when a door collapses.

Second, injuries - or fatalities - often occur when folks try to fix a broken door themselves (and shouldn't) or when children play in-or-around moving doors (don't let this happen!) Other injuries are a result of old garage doors in disrepair and lacking safety features like auto-reverse or motion detectors.

And finally, once your garage door has been properly checked, repaired or your old door replaced, then it's up to you to proactively maintain it! Don't take our word for it. Professional garage door maintenance is recommended annually by safety advocates, door manufacturers and consumer agencies alike. Don't skip (or scrimp on) maintenance. Just don't.

OK so you know garage door safety and maintenance is REALLY important. And now you're probably wondering WHAT parts of your garage door need to be monitored to prevent an injury or a breakdown.

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Here's what you need to know about WHAT features and WHICH garage door parts should be monitored...

Springs - INADEQUATE garage door springs are a real problem and will cause the door to be unbalanced and dangerous. When a spring breaks, your garage door becomes inoperable. Spring repair (or replacement) is absolutely NOT a DIY project. Don't even try it.

Tracks - Over time and with normal wear-and-tear, dirt and debris accumulates on the rails. Tracks will inevitably need cleaning and lubrication as a part of routine garage door maintenance; however, a dangerous situation develops when a garage door detaches from the tracks and rails. If this happens, call a pro.

Cables and rollers - Cables fray and rollers crack, break or even fall from the door. If that happens, your door will fail. Routine maintenance can prevent this from happening in the first place. If, however, cables and/or rollers are shot, replacement parts will be an easy fix.

Sensor eyes - Now required by law, motion detectors/sensors are found at the bottom of every garage door. These sensitive devices use photo eye laser technology to keep you safe by automatically reversing the door's movement when something (or someone) is detected in the door's path. If your door has these sensors and they're failing to work, get them fixed before an accident occurs. If your garage door DOESN'T have these little gizmos along with the auto-reverse feature, upgrade your door to meet current safety standards.

Openers - Nowadays, there are very few people who manually open their garage door. An automatic opener has become a standard home convenience and, like other garage door components, needs a little TLC too! Whether your opener is chain or belt driven (or is a wall mount), routine maintenance is a MUST because openers these days are high tech. Professional garage door techs can fix or replace openers in a jiffy, so why bother with a DIY when the chances of success are pretty darn slim? Bonus Tip: On the other hand, smartphone apps for garage doors are designed to be easy for any homeowner to install. For security reasons, THAT you'll want to DIY.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Take garage door safety seriously because thousands of people are injured in garage door accidents, yearly. Learn about it and take steps to prevent problems!
  • Older garage doors lacking up-to-date safety and security features - auto reverse, motion detectors, openers - are problematic. Update and upgrade your door if it doesn't meet current standards.
  • For a newer garage door, regular maintenance will help ensure safety. Schedule a checkup at least once a year or whenever your garage door isn't operating properly. A professional tune-up keeps all those moving parts in tip-top shape.
  • A moving garage door - no matter the door's age - is potentially hazardous to people of all ages, especially children. Stay away from any moving garage door. Never, ever race to duck underneath a door or let kids play with the opener remote.
  • Simply put. Don't take chances. Check your garage door for both safety and security during Garage Door Safety Month. You'll be glad you did!
  • Ask us about ourcurrent specials for garage door safety month from ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis. Our garage door tune up service includes: 21 point safety inspection and options for needed repairs or replacement of worn or damaged parts. Pros like us will make sure you're all set for safety!

Next Steps:

Are you concerned about your garage door's safety? Are you thinking about replacing your old, outdated or problematic garage door? Are you pleased with your existing door but need a tune-up, routine maintenance, adjustments or repairs? No matter your garage door needs, we can help! We're ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis and we know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to.

We're friendly, experienced professionals serving homeowners (and businesses) throughout the Greater St. Louis, Mo area.

Please pick up the phone and call us, anytime, at 636-362-6960. Or if it's more efficient for you to ask us your questions online you can do that with chat and messaging. You can even book your appointment from our website too. Just go here: ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis.

Outside of Greater St. Louis, Missouri, call 888-754-3063.

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