Gates and garage doors are two of several access points intruders may use to gain entry into a home. With one out of every 15 garage doors lacking up-to-date security features, it’s worth assessing the safety of your own garage, gates or openers.
“At LiftMaster, safety is our top priority,” says John Villanueva, vice president of marketing at LiftMaster. “To help those at home ensure their operators are working as they should, we developed a simple 3-Step Safety Check that can be done in a matter of minutes and should be conducted throughout the year when checking other home safety devices, like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.”
The 3-Step Safety Check:
1. Ensure “photo eyes,” or black sensors, are installed on the sides of the garage door, no higher than 6 inches from the ground.
2. Block a photo eye with an object taller than 6 inches. Try to close the garage with the opener—the door should remain open.
3. Place an object in the path of the door. Try to close the garage with the opener—the door should reverse once it touches the object.
If the garage door opener fails, consult with a professional as soon as possible. He or she will solve the problem with recommendations and/or service.
A professional should also be called whenever the garage doors or gates require maintenance, or if you plan to install new doors or gates.
For more on garage door and gate safety, visit www.LiftMaster.com/For-Homes/Garage-Safety.