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KNOW YOUR GARAGE IS SAFE

 
 
 

IN JUST 3 STEPS

 
 
Garage door openers built before 1993 don’t meet today’s safety requirements. A quick test is the only way to make sure yours is working correctly—and safely.
YOU'LL NEED:
  • A ruler or tape measure
  • An object at least 6 inches tall
  • An object at least 1.5 inches tall
1
PHOTO EYE INSPECTION

Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo eyes* (black sensors), mounted no higher than 6 inches off the floor.

2
CLOSE TEST

Block the photo eye with an object over 6 inches tall and press the garage door opener’s close button. The door should not close.

3
REVERSE TEST

Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches tall on the ground in the door’s path and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.

*NOTE: If you don’t see photo eyes, your garage door opener is not compliant and should be replaced, not repaired.
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Maintain a safe space.

The garage is a hub for activity every day—that’s why it’s important to keep it safe and organized for the whole family to enjoy.

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    Keep tools, chemicals and sharp objects locked in cabinets and out of reach of children
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    Securely store common household chemicals and other flammable items in their own location
  •  
    Install shelving or cabinets to stay organized—and consider labels for easy identification
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    Prevent carbon monoxide buildup by leaving a door open when your car is running or if you’re using any portable, fuel-burning heaters indoors