Staying Safe Around Garage Doors

When one of my children was playing with our garage doors a few years ago, we heard a piercing scream that we will never forget. She had gotten her fingers pinched in the side of the door, and we knew that we had to help her--and fast. Because of our quick actions and first aid, we were able to take care of the problem. After we returned home, I started thinking about ways to keep our kids safe around garage doors. This blog contains loads of helpful information about maintaining your garage doors, looking after your curious children, and preventing serious injury.

Precautions A Garage Door Installation Expert Takes During An Installation Job


A garage door is one of the most important aspects of a house that protects your vehicle and family. As such, you need to install a garage door that is durable, safe, and secure.

However, garage door installation is not an easy task that can be managed by just anyone. Only the experts can do this job with precision and safety. They often take various precautions during garage door installation to ensure your safety and prevent any harm or damage.

Here are some necessary precautions a garage door installation professional takes during an installation job.

Inspection of the Site

Before starting the installation process, the expert inspects the site and checks the surroundings for any hazards. They ensure that there are no harmful materials or obstructions in the way that could cause harm or damage during the installation process.

The inspection begins with checking the height of the door enclosure and its possible obstruction. The expert also checks for any physical elements that could cause harm, such as electric wires, nearby tree branches, and unstable fences. Although not many doors will be installed near these elements, it is good practice to check just in case.

Power Testing

Power testing is an imperative safety measure during a garage door installation. The expert tests the power supply and ensures no voltage fluctuation in the site's electrical system. They take every necessary measure to prevent electrical accidents such as electric shocks, electrocution, or short circuits.

Usually, the expert will test the voltage of the electrical supply before they start working to verify if the power supply is stable and can support the garage door. They also perform periodic power tests during installation to ensure everything is running smoothly.

In addition, the expert also inspects the door's motor and opener hardware to check if they are compatible with each other. They'll then test the power consumption of the motor and opener to ensure it does not exceed the permitted levels.

It is also a must for the expert to ground the garage door and its openings. This is a crucial step to prevent electric shocks in case of any accidental contact with a live wire. Grounding usually involves connecting the door to a grounding rod or using special cables for the same purpose. The professional will then test the grounding system to ensure there's no electricity backflow.

Double-Check Safety Features

Garage door installation experts double-check all the safety features and ensure the door functions correctly before leaving the site. They test the door's functionality by activating the different safety features of the door, such as the sensors and the emergency reverse feature, which ensures the door will reverse if someone or something obstructs the door while it's closing.

Some modern garage doors also come with additional safety features, such as auto-lock and timer functions, which the expert must also test during installation. The auto-lock feature ensures that the door is locked when closed, while the timer function allows you to set a specific time for the door to close automatically.

Once everything is tested and verified, the expert will also lubricate all the moving parts of the garage door to prevent them from rusting and extend their lifespan. 


18 April 2023