Garage Door Safety

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Kevin Riehn, with Overhead Garage Door Company, says, "You've got a lot of people that don't realize some of the problems that can happen with your garage door."

Tamara Bush learned her garage door wasn't working properly when it nearly closed on her son, Ethan's, head.

Bush says, "It went down and I saw the light flashing but it didn't stop. And then I heard him going “ahhh and whining. I thought 'Oh my goodness.' So I hit it again thinking it would go back up, but it continued to go down."

Luckily Bush was able to lift the door up and get Ethan out, but he still has bruises from where it happened.

Bush says, "It was just horrible."

Riehn says, "With the electric operators they now have a safety photo beams at the bottom. Any time the door is coming down, the door reverses upon any obstruction through the doorway. No matter if it hits something or not."

New doors also have a sensitivity system that will make the door reverse if it touches something. In Bush's case her door just wasn't working properly. That's why the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends testing your garage once a month.

To test your garage door, take a roll of paper towels and place it right where the door will be shutting. When the door hits the towels, it should reverse. If it doesn't, it should be replaced.

Bush says, "You've just got to watch your garage doors. They are just so dangerous. You just take it for granted."


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