Since 1992 the CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission has considered garage doors dangerous.
In an effort to reduce the number of deaths to children who become entrapped under garage doors with automatic openers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued final rules for automatic residential garage door openers. The rules, which will be published in the Federal Register, include revised entrapment protection requirements for all automatic residential garage door openers manufactured on or after January 1, 1993 for sale in the United States. The rules also include certification requirements and recordkeeping requirements for garage door opener manufacturers.
The agency has over 400 documented warnings created from manufacturer recalls, testing and safety alerts. As the largest operating/moving object found in the home the importance of safe operation is even greater considering they are most often operated by remote control.
Maintenance tips include:
- Check the reverse and down force setting.
- Inspect the door’s hardware for adjustment.
- Keep remote controls locked away in a safe place.
- Instruct youngsters about potential hazards.
Get more info by visiting the International Door Association.
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