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Garage Door Safety Checklist

A secure garage door offers protection from theft, weather, and animals entering your home. This is what makes a garage door safety checklist an absolute must.

The majority of burglaries happen on the first floor of a home, making a garage one of the prime points of entry. Follow this checklist for garage door security all day and night. Also, take extra precautions to ensure the safe operation of your garage door at all times.

To learn more about garage door safety and the ways you can keep your family and home protected, you've come to the right place.


Garage Door Opener Safety Sensor

To test your garage door safety sensor, place different-sized objects in the infrared sensor's line of sight. Cardboard boxes are a great option since they won't cause damage to the door should your safety sensors fail.

This is an extremely important test to do every month, as serious injury and death can occur when people and pets are caught under a garage door. Cars can also sustain damage should safety sensors fail.


Force Setting

This is another important test, but one that needs to be done by a professional garage door service technician such as Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services. Your technician will need to adjust the force of your garage door accordingly if it closes with unsafe amounts of force.


Keep Garage Door Openers Hidden

If you have children at home, be sure to keep garage door openers hidden or mounted up high where kids can't reach. When children press these buttons repeatedly, they're not only causing undue stress to your system but are likely too close to your garage door. This in itself is a safety risk and should be avoided at all costs.



To complete this test for garage door safety, place your garage door in manual. Test how smoothly the door opens and closes. As you open it a second time, let go when it's midway down.

If your garage door falls, contact a professional at once. If it hangs suspended in the air, it's passed the balance test.

If you're unsure, call Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services to assist you with any questions.


Springs and Pulleys

Your garage door will have torsion or extension springs. They will either be on top of your garage door or above the tracks on either side.


Look for signs of corrosion and check to see if they make squeaking noises. If so, lubrication should help, but if it doesn't, contact the experts at Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services for a complete garage door evaluation.


Garage Door Safety You Can Rely On

Garage door safety is paramount for the protection of you and your family. When a garage door is compromised, it can lead to serious injury or death, and be a point of intrusion for burglars.

Contact Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services today for a complete garage door safety inspection. A member of our dedicated staff is waiting to speak to you about all your garage door needs.