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a handle on garage door safety
Garage door safety is getting a big lift. That's good news, because according to experts at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 20,000 people each year have been treated at hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to garage doors.
Many of those injuries are fingers that get pinched in the door panel. One way finger injuries occur is when someone's garage door opener breaks down. While waiting to get repairs done, the person who normally never closes the door manually suddenly has to. Chances are there are no lift handles on the door, since it's motor operated. The natural instinct is to grab the door between the sections and pull down.
To reduce these injuries, garage door manufacturers have developed a pinch-resistant door. Should someone accidentally place their hand too close to a closing door, the pinch-resistant design of the door sections help prevent finger injuries by automatically pushing them out of harm's way. The patented pinch-resistant design was created by Wayne-Dalton, the first manufacturer in the industry to offer this safety feature.
Door & Access Systems Manufacturing Association states that if
a residential garage door is not pinch-resistant, it should have four
handles/step plates or suitable gripping points. Should a homeowner
or builder not like the look these lifting points give the door, they
now have the choice to simply install a
Wayne-Dalton offers a complete line of pinch-resistant garage doors in a variety of colors and designs that combine safety and beauty.
In addition, the company has created a "Get A Handle On Garage Door Safety" campaign and suggests these garage door safety do's and don'ts for homeowners:
DON'T let anyone, especially children, run under a door when it's
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