Accidents related to overhead garage doors reported an average of 30,000 injuries in a year. It is a professional estimation conducted by USA Consumer Product Safety Commission.
These injuries cloud be amputations, fractures, and even crushing that could lead to further incidents like death. The most hazardous part of the garage door is the “garage door torsion springs”. It means if you are in need of installing a new garage door spring on your own or have someone do it expertly, certain safety precautions should be followed when it comes to garage door spring installation.
Old versus new models of garage door springs: Unlike old models of garage door springs, the latest models are constructed with a core rod running inside the spring coil. This is why older models of springs are considered more risky and dangerous in the event of project failure because these springs are expected to throw off the broken steel shrapnel pieces and miscellaneous around your garage.
Don’t allow the junks to fly around and damage your car or someone else. The recent models of springs are designed with a core rod that will retain the broken chinks of material in case garage door malfunctioning or installation failure. Naturally, you will choose a new model of garage door springs. Consult a local garage door retailer to check the difference between the two.
Types of garage door springs: Garage door torsion springs are the recent model of springs which may involve either one or two springs for the overhead garage door. These springs are wound up around a metal rod which is found at the header of the garage door. What do you need to handle them? Maximum pressure is generated and released when your overhead garage door runs on the metal tracks. Under such circumstances, if torsion spring breaks then closing the garage door can be risky. If you need to close it manually, keep in mind a couple of things:
- Don’t try to stop the garage door from falling down
- Quickly let it go and jump away from its path
- Make sure nobody around when garage door slams
If you have a dual spring system on your garage door, both should be replaced at the same time. This project cost a little more than it should but having one old with a new spring will only increase the risk of damages around of garage.
Extension springs are the older models of systems. When extension springs were produced, they were the only useful feature on a garage door. They are designed to support the garage door in the opening and closing process by counter-balancing the heavyweight of the garage door. Anyone who has an old system of garage door springs will experience how risky the system functions. Due to safety issues, they are no longer manufactured. The latest solution comes with the placement of safety cables.
The safety cables installation: This safety system is consists of light material of cables. Even if the torsion spring breaks; the chunks will go ballistic but within the certain range of tracks where you have installed the safety cables.