June Marks Annual Garage Door Safety Month

Overhead Door Corporation Celebrates with Safety and Security Tips to Stay Safe All Year Long

Jun 10, 2010, 15:38 ET from Overhead Door Corporation

DALLAS, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- There's good reason to keep the home's largest moving object in proper order. The garage door is often the largest entry point in the home. Consumers can bring garage door and opener safety awareness to the home front this summer—the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month.

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Overhead Door Corporation, the nation's leading manufacturer of overhead garage doors and openers under well-known brands like Overhead Door, Genie®, and Wayne-Dalton, is offering consumers 10 safety and security tips to be protected throughout the year.

  • Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.
  • Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.
  • Never place fingers between door sections. Explain the dangers to children and consider pinch-resistant door panels.
  • Consult the owner's manual and learn how to use the garage door's emergency release feature.
  • Visually inspect the garage door each month.  Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. These parts are under high tension, and should only be fixed by a trained door repairman.
  • Test the garage door opener's reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2x4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door's path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.
  • While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.
  • Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also compromises a home's security.
  • If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer's standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.
  • Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. A stolen opener or car leaves you more susceptible to home invasion. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home, especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It's a small inconvenience for safety and security.

About Overhead Door Corporation

Overhead Door Corporation, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of doors and openers for residential, commercial, industrial and transportation applications. There are three divisions of the company, including the Access Systems Division (ASD), the largest, which features the Overhead Door, Wayne-Dalton and Genie brands; Horton Automatics, which includes automatic entrance systems; and TODCO, the largest producer of truck doors for the transportation industry. Overhead Door Corporation created the original overhead garage door in 1921 and the first electric garage door opener in 1926. It now has over 3,500 employees, 24 manufacturing facilities, 79 regional sales centers and over 6,000 distributors and dealers that service national builders, national accounts, architects, general contractors and homeowners, as well as major retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Overhead Door Corporation is a subsidiary of Sanwa Holdings Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. For additional information visit www.overheaddoor.com, www.wayne-dalton.com, www.geniecompany.com.

About Sanwa Holdings Corporation

Established in 1956 as a shutter manufacturer, Sanwa pioneered the engineering, production, marketing and distribution of steel building materials in Japan. Today, the company is the number one manufacturer of construction products in the Pacific Rim and the combined entity is among the world's leading suppliers of building products with an established and growing presence in 50 countries on five continents. For more information, visit www.sanwa-hldgs.co.jp.

SOURCE Overhead Door Corporation