According the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, garage door related accidents account for thousands of injuries every year. For example, these injuries are; fractures, crushings and amputations. It is believed that not all injuries are reported in the United States. (www.cpsc.gov)
An average of 20,000 people each year have been treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to garage doors.
From 1995-1998 an estimated 68,380 finger injuries were associated with garage doors accidents. Most were treated in hospital emergency rooms. That is an average of 8,550 fingers injuries per year. Source; US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Canadian hospitals participated in a garage door related injury reporting program. They recorded, out of 183 accidents, 108 were caught or cut fingers or hands:
77.6% of garage door injuries happen at a person’s own home
37.7% of injuries occurring in the summer months (June-Aug)
59% of injuries involving caught or cut fingers and hands
23.5% of injuries involving doors coming down on a person
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Rules to help prevent garage door injuries:
Educate your children and teach them the dangers of garage doors.
Never go near a door until it has stopped moving.
Don’t walk or drive away until door has stopped moving.
Test your door monthly. Your door should reverse when coming down on a roll of paper towels. Do not use a hard object like a block of wood. If door fails to reverse on a roll of paper towels disconnect until professionally serviced.
Move the activation button high enough so children can’t reach it.
Keep the remote controls out of the reach of children.
Do not let children operate garage doors.