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Troubling Statistics Show High Amount Of Injuries Caused By Garage Door Accidents
“In the United States, in the 21 years between 1974 and 1995, at least 85 children died or suffered permanent brain damage in accidents involving automatic garage door openers.” Says Arden Mellor, a freelance writer.
Routine maintenance and precautionary equipment can help prevent serious injury or even death. By keeping to a schedule of maintenance, you ensure that the door is functioning as it should, and that the important reverse mechanisms are operating correctly.
In 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission required all automatic garage door systems manufactured after 1993 to have a built in safety reversing or automatic shut off system.
However, according to some troubling statistics compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 40% of these safety systems failed to work properly, and the garage doors that failed to reverse came down with enough pressure to crush a small child.
While garage door safety continues to improve, technology shouldn’t be the only safety precaution taken; teaching children that the garage door is not a toy is an important part of accident prevention as well.
Thom Casey, of ezinearticles.com, offers some valuable advice. “Parents and guardians should take the time to teach their young ones about the danger of being trapped underneath the door, and should never let their children use, even as a toy, transmitters or remote controls.”
Remember, children are unpredictable, and simply instructing them shouldn’t be the only measures taken to prevent injury. When garage doors are being opened or closed, ensure that all children are standing clear of the door and not playing near or around the door.