Before new safety standards required garage doors to reverse upon contact, it was much easier for kids, pets, and adults to be caught or crushed by the door. In the ten years before these safety standards were required, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 54 reports of children who died after being crushed beneath a garage door. Many of these injuries occurred when kids raced to make it under the garage door before it closed.
Not sure whether your current opener meets these safety standards? Watch a video to learn how to check your garage door opener for safety issues.
Other Features to Look for in Garage Door Operators
Many garage door openers offer features that make them more convenient to use. From alternatives to the standard remote to Internet security, these features can help you get more use out of your garage. Before choosing a garage door opener, consider whether you’d benefit from any of these features:
- Battery backup power. When there’s a power outage, it’s important to have a backup option for opening your garage door. Most garage doors have a manual release. This disconnects the door from the opener and allows homeowners to manually open and close it.
Since many power outages are caused by storms, it’s not always the best time to get out of your car and roll up your garage door by hand. That’s why many homeowners prefer battery backup power for their garage door opener.
These battery systems provide enough power for the garage door to open and close during a power outage. They usually provide sufficient power for 10 to 20 full cycles during an outage.
- Smart home connections. Like your lighting, thermostat and security system, garage door openers can be connected to a smart home system. Many garage door openers contain MyQ Wi-Fi, which allows homeowners to remotely monitor their garage door.
Along with alerts when the door is opened, the system allows homeowners to remotely close their door or gate from a smartphone or computer.