For homeowners with young children, garage door safety might not be at the top of your list of priorities, but it is important. With more than 30,000 people injured by garage doors each year, garage door safety is essential, especially when children are involved.

At American Door Works, we take garage door safety very seriously, and we understand garage doors can be a significant hazard for children. We've compiled a list of garage door safety tips for families with children. Let's dive in.


Garage doors can be dangerous for children in several ways. Injuries take place when garage doors close on a child or if they are hit by a garage door while it’s in motion. Kids can also be seriously injured by the springs and cables used to operate garage doors.


Here are some of the most essential garage door safety tips for families with children:

Install a Garage Door with Safety Features

Garage doors have come a long way in the last few years! Choose a door with safety features such as automatic reverse and infrared sensors. These features will help prevent accidents and injuries.

Have Your Garage Door Serviced Every Year

Garage doors with safety features need to be maintained to ensure those safety features are in perfect working order when it matters most. Having your garage door serviced once a year helps keep your garage door operating smoothly and safely.

Test the Garage Door's Safety Features Regularly

You should test your garage door's safety features at least once a month to ensure that they are working correctly.

Store the Remote Out of Reach of Children

Children should not be allowed to play with the garage door remote, as this could lead to accidents and injuries. Store them up high and out of reach.

Keep the Garage Door Area Clear of Debris and Clutter

A cluttered garage can lead to accidents and injuries. Keep the area around the garage door clear of junk and clutter.

Teach Children About Garage Door Safety

Children should be taught about the dangers of garage doors and how to use them safely. Make sure your kids know to stay away from the garage door while it's in motion and to leave plenty of space while it is operating. This will help prevent accidents and injuries.


Garage door safety is essential for families with children. By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and injuries. If you have any doubts about your new garage door installation or repair, seek professional assistance. Garage door installation and repair can be dangerous for those not adequately trained.

At American Door Works, we're committed to helping you keep your garage door safe for your family. If you have any questions or concerns about garage door safety, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help ensure your garage door is as safe as possible for your family and children.