Garage door opener

Automatic garage door openers are a hidden danger. Your child could accidentally get trapped under a closing garage door.

There are a few safety precautions you can take to avoid an accident:

  • Test the garage door opener every season. If the door does not reverse when you test it, have the opener professionally checked or replaced.
  • Keep the door opener out of your child's reach.
  • Never let your child play around the garage door, even when it is closed.
  • If your child is with you when you return home, make sure you know where she is when closing the garage door.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016