Garage Door Safety Tips

June is Garage Door Safety Month and we’re celebrating by giving you tips on how to keep your family safe and your garage door running smoothly. The first step to safety is preventing dangerous situations from ever happening.

Prevent Pinching Injuries from Garage Doors

Pinching injuries from garage door panels and tracks are common, unfortunately. The term “pinch” may not sound too dramatic, but when you remember the weight of a garage door and force involved, you remember the potential injury can be severe. In fact, there have been cases of finger injuries that lead to amputation. Remember to keep away from the track and garage door when its moving!

Test Garage Door Balance

If your door is operated by an automatic opener, you’ll want to test the door’s balance by starting with a closed door. Make sure to disconnect the release mechanism so you’re able to open the door manually. There shouldn’t be much resistance in the door and it should lift up smoothly, staying open once opened a few feet. If it’s difficult to open or falls closed even after being opened around 4 feet, call the technicians at Amega Garage for a professional inspection. Your springs may be going out and you definitely should never attempt to repair garage door springs on your own! Call Amega Garage to safely take care of the problem.

Check Garage Door Springs

Take a few minutes each month to visually check the hardware of your garage door. Pay attention to your rollers, bearings, and hinges—these should be well-lubricated at all times. Our multi-purpose spray lubricant comes in a can and is easily applied to any surface. It quickly sets up to form a protective grease in just minutes and helps prevent rust.

Never Attempt to Repair a Broken Garage Door Spring

Unless you’re a trained professional, never attempt to adjust, replace, or repair a garage door spring yourself. These springs are tightly wound and a garage door weighs hundreds of pounds. Each year, over 2,000 people in America are injured by garage doors falling on them, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance. Just another reason to leave garage door repair to the pros.

Amega Garage Door Inspections

Whenever our professional technicians service your garage door, they work through a full inspection list. Included on this list are checking for any signs of wear and tear on the moving parts, the track system, door seal, and ease of use. They also make sure warning labels and safety tags are in still in place. Contact Amega Garage Doors and Openers today to schedule an inspection!

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