June 1st marks the start of Garage Door Safety Month. Every year in June the garage door industry observes the importance of having safety guidelines and tips publically available to not just our direct customers, but the final users of our products as well. A garage door is typically the largest moving/mechanical part of a home and one of the largest in a commercial property. Observing safe practices while using a garage door product can prevent damage to property and prevent physical injury.

Safety Tip #1: Garage Door Safety MonthDo Not Stand or Walk Under a Moving Garage Door

If your garage door is in motion, either opening or closing, do not walk or place anything under the door until it has finished moving. It can be fun for children and adults to play “beat the door” games or duck under a moving door to get into or out of a garage. However, these activities are dangerous and can cause serious injury. Each year injuries are reported the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) related to “beat the door” games and similar activities. These injuries would have been preventable if only safe practices had been observed and enforced when it comes to using and operating a garage door system.

Suggestions for helping others to observe this safety tip include teaching children not to treat a garage door like a toy for residential applications. For commercial applications managers can include garage door safety procedures as part of their employee safety policies. Above all, setting an example is the best way to ensure you and those around you remain safe when operating a garage door.

Stay tuned for more garage door safety tips from ArmRLite each week throughout the month of June. Alternatively, you can always check out our garage door safety page on our website for additional information and safety tips from the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association International (DASMA).