Garage doors can pose a risk to the if they are not properly maintained. DIY Network provided some useful tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Regularly test the reverse mechanism and electric eye on your garage door by placing a roll of paper towels under the door and then lowering it. If the door fails to stop and reverse when it encounters the towels, have the door inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
  • Never adjust the torsion springs on manual garage doors without using the right tools, the owner’s manual guide and taking appropriate care. These springs are under extreme pressure and can be very dangerous if mishandled.
  • If you have small children, place the control switch for the garage door opener at least five feet above the ground to prevent them from reaching it.
  • When buying a new garage door, look for one that has a pinch-proof design, which prevents fingers from being caught between panels as the door opens or closes.