Did you know that garage doors are responsible for approximately 25,000 deaths a year? Make sure your garage door is always in shape, and you're still paying attention, so none of these things happen to you or anyone else.
Main risks associated with automatic garage doors
Although automatic garage doors represent comfort and technology at the service of modern life, it is also necessary to analyze the main risks associated with this type of device. Any failures arising from poorly fitted doors or older doors could cause:
Suffer crushing or dragging accidents during the device's operation since a person, animal or object can be trapped during the door's operation, hence the importance of installing photoelectric cells, sensitive floor, or anti-crushing bands to detect any obstacle.
Risks related to the electric drive can generate fires due to over-current or over-voltage. Therefore it is required that automatic garage doors have protection against short circuits.
A collapse of the automatic door due to pressure exerted by a strong wind.
Derailment of horizontally moving doors, whether sliding or swinging.
The door does not stop automatically once it reaches its end-of-travel limit position.
Remote control failure.
Some of the consequences of these failures can result in several unfortunate accidents, which include:
Becoming locked inside the garage.
Becoming locked inside the garage may mean that you are stranded and unable to get out. If you have no access to a phone while trapped or if a child is trapped, it may spark fear and unnecessary hazards.
Getting fingers or other body parts pinched.
It is believed that up to 7,500 people per year are pinched during garage door operation. You may find that when you are manipulating the doors manually to get out, you may pinch your finger or another body part while trying to maneuver it if there is a system failure.
The door may come down on top of someone.
Over 2,000 people per year are crushed as a result of garage doors falling. As with any component of any working mechanism, springs can easily wear out after time. As a result, the door could fall too fast when closing. If you are anywhere near the door when this happens, then it could cause injury. Garage door tracks can also work a little loose as time goes on. Many vehicle owners accidentally hit the doors while driving in and out, resulting in the ways becoming loose and the doors potentially falling. If the door that falls has glass inside, this glass can shatter and cause further injury. It's known that over 800 people (including children) are taken to the ER for care each year.
Using ladders around your garage door.
This hazard is something that should be carefully analyzed. Using ladders while standing near your garage door could be dangerous. If the door should slip off the tracks or automatically close, it could knock you off the ladder, causing you to fall to the ground. This should occur with the strictest caution.
Accidents caused by automatic garage doors can be anticipated and avoided; many newly fitted garages can be equipped with internal force regulation systems, anti-crushing, and an "encoder" system that retracts when touching any obstacle. Garage Door Accidents and Injuries should always be taken seriously, and frequent maintenance should be carried out. The importance of a good operation in this type of device means that door failures are reduced by up to 80%; the installation by a professional company is vital.