NEWS STORIES AIRING UNSAFE ADVICE
It has been reported that News 4 in San Antonio aired a story on its May 7th 10 pm news program pertaining to the garage door being an easy entryway into a house. The reporter’s suggested solution was to use a zip-tie and cut off the emergency release rope and handle.
Similar news stories have appeared in other cities within the United States.
An IDA member in San Antonio crafted a written reply, and posted it on his company’s Facebook account. In addition, he sent an email to the reporter explaining his position in detail. In the San Antonio Dealer’s response, he stated, “…the solution presented is a very dangerous one because the emergency release on the garage door opener is designed to help save lives in case a child or pet is accidentally pinned underneath the garage door or also in case of emergency exit out of the garage.”
What should you do if such a news story hits the airwaves in your city? The IDA suggests you contact the reporter and let him or her know that you are an IDA member, and a professional door dealer. In addition, if the news story includes the use of a zip-tie or removal of the emergency release rope as a solution, inform them that such a step is contrary to federal safety standards, and could result in serious injury to a child or adult.
IDA recently produced a checklist that addresses garage door safety and security, “Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners. This piece is ideal for providing to news stations and homeowners.
It is not only wrong to encourage people to use a zip-tie or remove the emergency rope and handle, it is also contrary to the federally-mandated UL 325 safety standard.