For home and business owners, safety and accessibility are a main priority, particularly as it pertains to entry and exit points.

Unfortunately, millions of homes and businesses are at risk, with 1 in 15 garages and 3 out of 4 gate systems lacking the latest safety features that ensure protection for everyone who comes into contact with garage door openers or automatic gates.


For National Safety Month, LiftMaster, the number one manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers and access solutions, is raising awareness on the importance of safety around automatic gates and garages, and recommends residents and business owners pay attention to the following:

  • Don’t Chance It. Check It.®: For more than 70 percent of homeowners, the garage is the main access point which makes it vital that garage door openers function safely and properly.

“At LiftMaster, safety is our top priority,” said LiftMaster Vice President of Marketing John Villanueva. “To help those at home ensure their operators are working as they should, we developed a simple 3-Step Safety Check that can be done in a matter of minutes and should be conducted throughout the year when checking other home safety devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.” 

Homeowners can use LiftMaster’s simple 3-Step Safety Check to monitor the performance of key industry-standard safety features such as photo eyes and auto-reverse. If a garage door opener fails any step of the check, a professional garage door dealer should be contacted to resolve the issue.

Homeowners can visit www.LiftMaster.com/Locate-a-Dealer or call 855-GRG-SAFE.

  • Ensure devices are up to code: Whether you live or work within a gated community, it is equally important that automatic gates at entry and exit points have the proper safety equipment and are up to date with the latest industry standards, as indicated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – a global independent safety science company dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments. To ensure safety around automatic gates, UL standards require that in addition to safety devices such as photo eyes and/or sensing edges, gate operators bearing the UL label must stop working if the safety devices are not functioning properly.

If the gates in and around your community or business do not have the proper safety equipment, consider replacing with ones that do, such as LiftMaster’s High-Traffic Commercial DC Slide Gate Operator Model CSL24U

  • Installation and maintenance: As both garage door openers and automatic gates are heavy pieces of machinery, professional installation is recommended. While garage door openers can be inspected at home, automatic gates should always be inspected by a safety trained dealer to ensure they are operating properly.

With these helpful tips, home and business owners can ensure their garages and automatic gates are safe and functional.

For additional information on garage and gate safety, visit www.LiftMaster.com/About-LiftMaster/Safety