Garage Door Safety With Kids – $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Our garage door has a safety device that will stop it from moving if it senses anything below the door. Have you ever thought about how unsafe having a garage door can be with young children in your home?  The International Door Association (IDA), a trade association comprised of more than 2,000 door and access system dealers and installers worldwide. The IDA has come up with a quiz on its website,, to test you and your family’s garage door safety smarts. I took this quiz and found out I still need to do some simple things to make sure we stay safe.

Consider “D.O.O.R. Safe,” an acronym to help parents teach young children the do’s and don’ts of garage doors:

  •    Doors are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
  •  Openers are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.
  •  Ouch! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!
  •   Remotes are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom and Dad’s keychain.

It’s important that we teach our children to stay safe in and around our garages since they are filled with many dangers. Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system. Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. Learn more about garage door safety for children.

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    Giveaway ends 10-20-2012

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  1. Ann Fantom says

    I learned that the push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.

  2. Rebecca Shockley says

    I took the quiz and I learned that you can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself

  3. Susan Stahley says

    All of the questions on the quiz were things that I hope most parents know already… I would hate to think of a child being crushed by a garage door or having their digits hurt because they were playing with the mechanical parts.

  4. Melissa P. @Mel4Him says

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  5. Lisa Brown says

    I learned that one should hire a professional to install a garage door.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  6. Stephanie Phelps says

    I learned how heavy these doors really are and how important it is to have those beams to keep it from trapping something under it

  7. Jennifer T. says

    I learned that nobody should ever run under a door to race out of it before it closes.

  8. DannyT says

    I learned the garage doors can weigh 125 pounds or more and can be very dangerous especially to children

  9. Kelly D says

    I learned that since 1993, federal law requires automatic garage door openers have secondary reversing mechanisms such as photoelectric eyes

  10. Margie Kairis says

    I subscribed to this blog site’s feedburner e-mail newsletter through my email address, margiekairis at gmail dot com

  11. Sarah L says

    I learned that DIY is not a good option – have a professional do it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  12. Theresa Jenkins says

    Main Entry: … that your automatic garage door system should reverse itself when closing if a person, child or pet walks or runs underneath the door

  13. CherylS22 says

    Surprisingly, “The garage door is the largest – and heaviest – moving object in the home”.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Vicki Wurgler says

    If the garage door system is not equipped with safety devices, you should discontinue using your garage door opener and have a new one installed that meets current safety standards If not, make sure they are in good working order.

  15. Lauren Domene says

    I was surprised to hear that garage doors weigh 125 lbs. and up!! I thought it was much less…

  16. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    that kids can be severely hurt and that we must teach them the rules about garage doors
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  17. Crystal F says

    I never knew a gargae door was so heavy and I never thought about putting the inside button up high on the wall so that the kids couldn’t reach it. thank you!!

  18. Rebecca Orr says

    I learned that even though I know a lot of about garage door safety, it is best to leave installation and repairs to the professionals…of which I am not!! Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  19. Amber Warfield says

    I had no idea some garage doors could way up to 500 lbs. A pro should install it for sure!

  20. Allison Downes says

    I learned this: The garage door is the largest – and heaviest – moving object in the home. Some, depending on the material from which they are constructed, can weigh over 500 lbs. If not properly installed, maintained, or if it is tampered with, a single-car 9ˊ x 7ˊ door or a 16ˊ x 7ˊ double door can come crashing down with unbelievable force, causing serious injury or even death. Teach your children that a garage door is not something to play with, on, or under, especially when it is in motion.

    Thanks for the super awesome giveaway!


  21. Katherine says

    I learned this:

    How much does the average garage door weigh?Correct Answer D. 125 lbs. and up

  22. Richard Morris says

    I learned how heavy they really are. I knew they weren’t exactly light but geez! Imagine that coming down on the kids!

  23. Deb C says

    I learned the garage door is the heaviest moving object in your house. It weighs over 125 pounds, sometimes as much as 500.

  24. says

    I learned that you should never attempt to install or repair a garage door on your own. It’s way too dangerous. You should always have a pro do it.

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  26. clynsg says

    Can’t say that I learned anything, since my grandson worked for an installation company and I already knew those pointers.

  27. Jaclyn Reynolds says

    I learned not to ever let my kids or their friends play with the garage door remote! Adults only!

  28. Melissa Belle says

    I learned that Children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door.

    sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

  29. Melissa Belle says

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  31. Lisa Garner says

    I learned to never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.

    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  32. kathy pease says

    I learned How much does the average garage door weigh?

    Correct Answer D. 125 lbs. and up

    i didnt do that great i only got 3 of 5

  33. Gianna says

    Since 1993, federal law requires automatic garage door openers have secondary reversing mechanisms such as photoelectric eyes. Openers manufactured since 1982 must reverse the garage door should it strike a solid object.

  34. Chrissy Nestor says

    I scored a 3 out of 5, so I need to read and learn more about the safety tips.

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  35. Amity Johnson says

    Since 1993, federal law requires automatic garage door openers have secondary reversing mechanisms such as photoelectric eyes…sure could have used this-I crunched ours on my bike when I was a kid :(