Garage Door Accidents & Why They Happen
Have you or has someone you know had an accident involving a garage door? We hope not but unfortunately garage door accidents do happen. What type of accidents do we see most commonly? Could they have been prevented?
Garage door accidents – some common causes and easy prevention
Probably the number one accident would be backing into the door when leaving the garage. Why and how does this happen? One word comes to mind – distraction. It’s a cold morning, so leave the door down, load the car with the children, pets, work items or whatever else – then jump in the driver seat, start the car, push the button on the remote control and back up. Bang! What was that noise? The door hadn’t had enough time to fully open but didn’t show in the mirror resulting in the bottom of the door being hit by the top of the car. In most of these cases the door takes the brunt of the abuse, the vehicle wins the contest with the least damage. Often times the lower section or sections can be replaced, the door can be serviced and the thing hurt most might be the driver’s pride. This is not to downplay the fact that the door, under significant spring tension, is now likely off the tracking and can become dangerous.
Second on the list would be a door off the tracks as a result of something mistakenly or carelessly left in the track. While today’s automatic opener systems have several built in safety systems, an item such as a broom handle or shovel handle left leaning in a door track will stop one side of the door from descending often causing the door to come off the tracking and in worst cases fall out of the tracks and land on the floor or the top of the car.
Third might be hitting the door jamb or the door tracking with a vehicle. In other words, the door is fully open as it should be but for some reason the wheels get turned and bang! This can result in anywhere from minor to major damage dependent upon how severely the jamb or tracking is hit.
Occasionally we find someone has hit the door from the outside. This can be a result of a slippery driveway, forgetting to put the car in park or stepping on the gas instead of the brake. These accidents usually result in the door being ‘totaled’ and often a bit more damage to the vehicle.
In any of these cases please don’t touch the door! If the door is off the track, crooked, dangling, or you have a broken jamb or bent tracking the garage door system could be very dangerous. Please call a professional garage door service company such as Overhead Door Co. of Central Jersey (908-722-5785 or www.overheaddoorco.com) to visit the site and secure the door, remove any vehicle, and then perform any needed follow up service.
How can these accidents be prevented? As with most accidents, these are all a result of human error. Just as you learn to put on your seatbelt or to put your phone down when you are driving (we hope) you should learn to open the door fully before getting into the car. If you must get in the car prior to opening the door you should learn to check your mirror carefully to be sure it is FULLY open prior to backing out of the garage. Keep the area around the tracks clear of yard tools and other items. Avoid distractions as you move in and out of the garage as you are operating your car with little room for error, it is easy to hit the door jamb or door tracking. So, in a word, awareness is the best prevention. We hope you never experience a garage door accident. If you do PLEASE be careful to get away from the area safely and call a professional to assist.
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