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June is Garage Door Safety Month; Overhead Door Corporation Offers Door and Opener Safety and Security Tips.

DALLAS -- A garage door is the largest moving object in a home, and is typically used every day, giving homeowners good reason to keep it in proper working order. To promote garage door safety, the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door & Access Systems Manufactures Association (DASMA) have designated June as Garage Door Safety Month.

In recognition of Garage Door Safety Month, Dallas-based Overhead Door Corporation, the nation's leading manufacturer of upward-acting garage doors and openers under well-known brands like Overhead Door(TM) and Genie(R), is offering safety and security tips to keep homeowners safe year-round.

"We are dedicated to providing safe and reliable products, so Garage Door Safety Month presents the perfect opportunity for us to give homeowners practical tips for keeping their garage doors and openers in proper working order," said Robert Deisher, residential product manager of Overhead Door Corporation.

Garage Door Safety

--Mount garage door opener control buttons out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

--Do not let children play with garage door remote controls; explain that the remote controls are not toys.

--Set a good example for children and discuss garage door safety with them and explain the dangers of being injured by the door.

--Know how to use your garage door's emergency release feature. Your owner's manual provides instructions.

--Visually inspect your garage door each month. Look at the garage door's springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. If any of these components appear damaged, contact a qualified garage door professional for inspection or repair.

--Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair cables and springs, or anything to which these parts are attached or fastened. A trained door system technician using proper tools and instruction must make repairs or adjustments. These parts are under high tension and can cause serious injury if not held properly.

--Test your garage door opener's reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2 x 4 board or a roll of paper towels in the door's path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, refer to your owner's manual and call a qualified garage door professional for repair.

--Use the release mechanism on the garage door opener to manually open the door using its interior or exterior lift handles. The door should lift smoothly with little resistance and should stay open around three or four feet above the floor. If it is difficult to perform this task, you're door may be out of balance, causing premature wear on hardware. Call a qualified garage door professional for adjustment.

--More recent garage door openers feature photoelectric eye beams, which are mounted a few inches off of the floor and send an invisible beam across the door's path. If the invisible beam is broken, the garage door will automatically reverse into its fully open position even without contact. The Safe-T-Beam(R) photoelectric eye system is a standard feature on the entire line of Overhead Door and Genie(R) garage door openers.

Garage Door Security

--While on vacation or away from home for extended periods of time, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a wall vacation lock console security switch, which is an optional accessory to most openers.

--If your opener does not have a rolling-code technology system, be sure to change the manufacturer's standard access codes on the operator and remote control. By using the standard factory settings, your garage is vulnerable to break-ins by anyone with the same brand of remote control.

--Consider purchasing a garage door opener with rolling code technology, which changes the access codes each time the transmitter is used to prevent code grabbing. Overhead Door's CodeDodger(R) and Genie's Intellicode(R) have been incorporated as standard features into their full line of openers since 1995.

--Wireless keypads, which activate the garage door opener with a personal identification number (PIN), are available for most garage door openers. This allows family members to open the door without the use of a key or remote. Never disclose the PIN or leave it written down. Any mounting location for a keypad or wall button must be in direct line of sight with the door.

--Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. It should be treated like a house key.

--Always lock the door from the garage to the inside of your home. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

Overhead Door Corporation, based in Dallas, is the nation's leading manufacturer of upward-acting doors and openers for residential, commercial and industrial construction applications. There are three divisions of the company including the Access Systems Division (ASD), the largest, which features the Overhead Door, Genie(R) and McGuire(R) brands; Horton Automatics(TM), which includes automatic entrance systems; and TODCO(R), the largest producer of upward-acting doors for the transportation industry worldwide. Overhead Door created the original upward-lifting garage door in 1921 and the first garage door opener in 1926. Overhead Door Corporation is a subsidiary of Sanwa Shutter Corporation of Tokyo. For additional information, visit www.overheaddoor.com.
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