Garage Door Safety: Is Your Garage Really as Safe as It Should Be?

Don’t Chance It. Check It.™

You may not be able to see or hear it, but your Garage Door Opener may not be operating properly or even safely. When it comes to garage door safety, Don’t Chance It. Check It.™, using the LiftMaster 3-Step Safety Check:

1Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo eyes (black sensors), mounted no higher than 6 inches off the floor.
2Block the photo eye with an object over 6 inches tall, and press the Garage Door Opener’s close button. The door should not close.
3Lay an object that is at least 1.5 inches higher on the ground in the door’s path, and press the close button. The door should reverse off this object.

How to do a Garage Door Safety Test

You can easily check if your equipment is working correctly by using a few items you likely have in your garage.


1Children and Garage SafetyStorage CabinetKeep tools, chemicals and sharp objects in locked cabinets and always out of the reach of children.
1Properly store flammable itemsCertain common household chemicals can just ignite by coming in contact with one another. Be sure to read warning labels and expiration dates, and store each securely in its own location.
1Get OrganizedConsider installing shelving or cabinets; then label each. You’ll quickly find what you’re looking for while protecting the items and keeping them safely away from children.
1Ventilation You Can Live With
Prevent carbon monoxide buildup in your garage by making sure to have a door open when running your car or using any portable, fuel burning heaters indoors.

For a thorough garage door safety check by a trained professional, call Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay at 813-885-DOOR. Our annual maintenance inspections are a great way to keep your garage door running safely and longer.