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Preventing Garage Door Accidents

Garage doors are devices that are used so often and easily that it is easy to forget that they are several hundred pound machines suspended over you and some of your most valuable possessions. In order to avoid potential injury and damage to property and ensure that your garage door operates safely and reliably, follow these safety tips:

  • Test the door’s balance. Garage doors are designed with spring and cable systems that ensure the door rests three to four feet off the ground when disconnected from the motor rather than crashing to the ground. To test this feature, close the door and disconnect the release mechanism on the automatic opener. If you can open and close the door easily by hand and the door rests three to four feet above the ground when you let go you can be assured the door is properly balanced.
  • Inspect the hardware. Rusted parts can compromise the reliability of the door, and all moving parts are susceptible to wear. Make sure to periodically examine the door’s screws, rollers, and hinges, and occasionally apply a small amount of oil to prevent rust.
  • Check the auto-reverse safety function. All garage doors made after 1993 are equipped with a safety reversal system, and if your door does not include one it is best to replace it. To test your door’s reversal system simply place a 2×4 in the path of the door before closing it. If the system is working properly the door will sense the 2×4 and reverse, otherwise the door requires repair.
  • Call a professional. When replacing a door or repairing damaged hardware you should always hire a trained technician. The springs, cables, and hardware in garage doors are under large amounts of tension and can present a significant safety risk if they break.

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Even with proper safety precautions and maintenance, accidents involving garage doors can still happen if the product is defective in any way. If you have suffered an injury due to an unsafe garage door, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury attorney at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today at 513-321-7733 to learn more about your legal options in the wake of a garage door accident.


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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
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