GARAGE DOOR SAFETY
Recently, Tony Orlando, 73, longtime crooner and resident of Branson, Missouri, got his finger caught in the garage door mechanism. He joined the 10,000 plus people a year who wind up in the Emergency Room due to garage door accidents.
Orlando, who garnered fame in the seventies with such hits as ‘Knock Three Times’ and Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’, severed his middle finger on his left hand to the bottom of the nail bed. We aren’t going to post photos of that, but if you’re one of those people who needs to see it, it isn’t hard to find. The finger, which he calmly gathered up and took with him to the hospital, could not be successfully reattached.
Here are some of the biggest causes of garage door injuries and how to avoid them:
Missing safety features
Manual control, auto reverse and motion detection are the three big safety features which NEED to be on every garage door. If your garage door doesn’t have one of these, RUN to the nearest phone!
Get someone out there to retrofit your door with the basic safety equipment. You don’t want to be that guy who doesn’t have it.
2200 people a year are crushed beneath a garage door, and less than 5% of them are caused by a person trying to run beneath the door as it’s closing. You can blame the rest on a missing or broken photo-eye (motion detector), failed hinge springs, or a falling door panel.
Another 800 victims cut themselves on old garage door glass. Newer garage doors are safer because they have shatter-resistant glass.
Remember those other 7500 accident victims? Most of them arrive in the emergency room due to a pinching injury. We suspect that Mr. Olando’s injury was a pinching accident. A finger can easily get caught between the folding, horizontal panels of a garage door. Also, some garage doors have scissor-like springs on the side of the door.
We urge homeowners to perform regular maintenance. If you don’t wish to do your own maintenance, a pro can easily do that for you, and a complete service your garage door at the same time.
By far, the single safest thing a homeowner can do to keep their garage door safe is regular maintenance. As busy as we are, it’s no surprise that we don’t even look at our garage door mechanisms. That is until it fails, makes a terrible shrieking sound, or some other mishap occurs. If a homeowner doesn’t have the time or skills to maintain their garage door, a yearly inspection by a garage repair pro is an excellent way of keeping a garage in good working order.