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Garage Door Opener Safety Tips

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Garage Door Opener Safety Tips

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Whether you’re adding an opener to a new or an old garage door, these tips will help make it a safe part of your home.

• Before beginning the installation, be sure the  garage door manually opens and closes properly.

• If you have a one-piece door, with or without  a track, read all additional manufacturer’s  installation information.

• The gap between the bottom of the garage door  and the floor must not exceed 1⁄4". If it does, the safety reversal system may not work properly.

• If the garage has a finished ceiling, attach a sturdy metal bracket to the structural supports before installing the opener. This bracket and hardware are not usually provided with the garage door opener kit.

• Install the wall-mounted garage door control within sight of the garage door, out of reach of children (at a minimum height of 5 ft.), and away from all moving parts of the door.

• Never use an extension cord or two-wire adapter to power the opener. Do not change the opener plug in any way to make it fit an outlet. Be sure the opener  is grounded.

• When an obstruction breaks the light beam while  the door is closing, most door models stop and reverse to full open position, and the opener lights flash 10 times. If no bulbs are installed, you will hear 10 clicks.

• To avoid any damage to vehicles entering or leaving the garage, be sure the door provides adequate clearance when fully open.

• Garage doors may include tempered glass,  laminate glass, or clear-plastic panels—all safe window options.


Make sure your garage door opener is securely supported to trusses or ceiling framing with sturdy metal hanging brackets.


Use the emergency release handle to disengage the trolley only when the garage door is closed. Never use the handle to pull the door open or closed.