Potential Dangers of Garage Doors03/01/2014 Back To Blog
Garage doors may cause personal bodily harm and damage to property. Some of the common reasons for injury relating to the door system are: the door falling, section panels pinching, opener incorrectly adjusted, photo-eye failure, doing repairs on you own while lacking proper instruction and training, and a sudden release of torsion spring tension.
A garage door can fall if the spring breaks or if it doesn’t have the proper capacity settings. A falling door picks up speed rapidly due to the transfer of weight from horizontal to vertical tracks. It can get to the point where it is literally free-falling which can be fatal if crushing down on someone.
The garage door sectional panels have the potential to cause severe pinches to the body. If a finger is caught between the panel spaces, the outcome can be the worst of expectations. Newer door panels are made with edges that are designed to push the finger out of the crack as the door closes, but such a risk is not worth the possibility of losing a body part behind.
Inadequate Force Setting
The electronic garage door opener has the ability to maneuver the door with a great amount of force, enough to crush a person, especially a child, to death. The force setting of the opener should be set properly. This setting tells the motor when to reverse based on a set amount of resistance that it encounters. Openers manufactured since 1992 have photoelectric sensors installed. With this feature, the door should reverse upon the impact of 20 pounds of resistant pressure.
High Tension Part
There is great amount of tension on various components of the door system. These parts include the garage door cable, springs, and lower brackets amongst several others. If removed, they can cause fatal injury. Contact any garage door company in Valley Center for updated safety tips and precautions.