Here are some helpful safety tips. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every safety precaution. Always consult your manufacturer’s installation or instruction manual for safety information
about your model.
1. Do It Yourself? Installing a garage door opener is generally easier and safer than installing a garage
door. But improper installation can create a hazardous situation. DASMA recommends that a trained door
system technician install your opener. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions
2. Not in Sight? Not Safe! When closing your automatic garage door with a push button or a remote
control transmitter, you should always watch the door until it completely closes. Reason: Make sure no
person or animal gets caught under a closing door. Take a few seconds to be safe.
3. Do You Have a Reinforcement Bracket? Some do-it-yourselfers neglect to install an opener
reinforcement bracket to the top section of the door. Failure to do so can damage your door. Do-ityourselfers
should check the installation manual for specific instructions.
4. Get a More Powerful Opener? If your door feels heavy or requires two hands to open it, the door is
probably out of balance and needs adjustment. A variety of problems can cause this, and if you try to fix
it yourself, you could get hurt. Call a local trained door systems technician to diagnose the problem and
offer a solution. The answer is not a more powerful garage door opener. Openers are designed to open
doors that are properly balanced.
5. Sensitivity Training. Garage door openers are designed to reverse direction when a descending
garage door meets an obstruction. If your door does not reverse readily after contacting an obstruction,
the opener’s sensitivity adjustment may be set improperly. This can create a dangerous situation. See
your owner’s manual for how to adjust your opener’s sensitivity. DASMA recommends that a trained door
systems technician perform this work.
6. Safety Reverse. Since 1993, all openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a second safety
reversing feature such as photoelectric eyes. These are installed near the floor. Once the invisible beam is
broken, the door reverses automatically. If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to
get a new opener.
7. The Six-Inch Rule. The photo eyes mentioned above should not be installed higher than six inches
above the garage floor. If the eyes are installed higher, a person or pet could get under the beam and not
be detected by the photo eyes.
8. The Five-Foot Rule. The wall push button for your garage door opener should be mounted at least
five feet above the floor, out of the reach of children. Running under a closing door can be a deadly game.
Teach your children never to play with opening and closing the door.
9. Do You Know Where Your Remote Controls Are? For the reasons just mentioned, keep the remote
controls for your openers where children cannot play with them. Warn children of the dangers of playing
with the garage door. For security reasons, be sure to keep your remote controls locked up. If you park
a car outside your garage, be sure to lock your car so that potential burglars cannot access your remote
control and gain easy access to your garage.
10. Rolling Codes. Some thieves are able to “record” your transmitter’s signal. Later, after you’re gone,
they replay that signal and open your door. However, if your transmitter (the remote control) has rolling
code technology, the code changes after every use. This renders the thieves’ controls useless. Contact
your garage door opener manufacturer or your local garage door dealer for more information.