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Homeowners with automatic garage door openers that do not automatically reverse should repair or replace them with new reversing openers. This prevents young children from being trapped and killed under closing garage doors.

According to reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 73 children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors since March 1982. This is about three such deaths per year on average. Other children have suffered brain damage or serious injuries when the closing door hit them, and failed to stop and reverse its direction.

CPSC urges homeowners to:

-Check the springs, hardware and fittings.

-Test the garage door opener’s reverse function.

-Inspect the garage door and the garage door opener every 30 days to make sure they are working properly.

-Install the push button wall control as high as practical on the garage door’s wall to restrict children’s access to it.

-Keep the remote control door opener device away from children.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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