Garage Door Safety: Making Safety a Priority

Garage Door SafetyWhen purchasing certain items, you may see warnings or statements on the packaging that let us know the possible dangers associated with mishandling of such objects. Children’s toys for example, will always state the age limit that each toy is recommended for.  You will notice that the larger and softer the toy, the younger the age.  The more complicated toys, ones with little pieces and more assembly required, are for the older kids.  There are standards and guidelines toy manufactures follow to ensure the safety of the children playing with these toys.  As we get older, bigger toys like cars, riding lawn mowers, motorcycles or kitchen appliances also provide guidelines or instructions to ensure the safety of the operators of these big toys.  Well, you could say the same thing applies to garage door openers.

Guidelines that are followed by garage door operator manufacturers are known as the UL 325 standard. The UL 325 standard is a safety standard for electric door, drapery, gate, louver, and window operators and systems that rate 600 volts or less. The reason for this standard is to ensure that one common objective by manufacturers will be met, which is, providing products that are safe for the general public, as well as to prevent fire and electrical hazards.

This standard allows relevant products to be tested at a nationally recognized laboratory to make sure these products meet the standard. If they do meet the UL 325, those products are clearly labeled as meeting these requirements. The reason this standard is important is because not only does it guarantee the safety of your garage door opener, but the new standards affect how the systems are specified, installed, serviced, and used. Compliance by all parties will provide maximum safety to your garage door opener.

For more information about the ULF 325 Standard you can purchase the standard catalog at

Remember, Safety First — always!!

One Comment

  • Judy Wilson says:

    Checking the guidelines for garage doors seems like a really important part of making safety a priority. I’ve been concerned about that after one of my kids tried to run under my garage door while it was closing. Educating myself and my family about our door operating system seems like a good way to keep us safe around it. Thanks for the tips!