Safety Tips For Your Genie Garage Door Opener
We often take safety for granted, especially around the home. Once upon a time, for example, it would have been unimaginable to pump 10,000 kilowatts of electricity into a house every day. Thanks to modern technology, however, powering our home safely is basically a non-issue.
Sure, we know to avoid the obvious mishaps like operating appliances near water and plugging too much into a power strip. But for the most part, electricity safety around the home rarely makes it to even the back of our mind because things work so well. The same can be said of natural gas, oil, plumbing, and a lot of the other everyday functional pieces of your house. The basics of safety are ingrained in our behavior so we never have to think about them.
But operating one part of your home safely might not be so obvious: your garage door opener. Your garage door is probably the heaviest moving part of your home. It offers ultimate convenience, but when your Genie garage door opener is mishandled or malfunctioning, it can become a serious safety hazard.
Why Safety Matters
Since 1993, in response to growing concerns over garage door injuries, federal law has required garage doors to be manufactured to automatically reverse when their path is obstructed by an object. Although this safety feature offers an additional layer of protection, it is not foolproof and shouldn’t encourage homeowners to get lax on garage door opener safety. Modern garage doors can weigh as much as 400 pounds, so an accident could be disastrous. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Survey, nearly 10,000 people suffer some form of garage door related injury every year, and more than one-fifth of those involve being crushed by a door. So you can see that when it comes to owning and operating your Genie garage door opener, safety is paramount.
Three Safety Tips For Your Genie Garage Door Opener
Follow these tips for the safe installation and operation of your Genie garage door opener in order to minimize the risk of injury.
- Regularly test your garage door opener’s automatic reverse safety feature. Place a sturdy disposable object, such as a pizza box, in the door’s path and try to close it. If the door closes on the object, seek out a professional garage door repair service immediately.
- Keep remote garage door openers where young children cannot access them. Most people keep them in the car, which makes sense. Just be sure that you always lock your car so that kids can’t retrieve the remote and play with it.
- Install the wall unit of your Genie garage door opener out of reach of young children. As your kids get older and grow to reach the unit, instruct them in garage door safety.
Safety Matters at Discount Garage Door
All of our garage doors and accessories are professionally installed according to the latest industry standards. If you are interested in a new Genie garage door opener, you can trust Discount Garage Door’s 15+ years of experience to get the job done right.