Known as the Door Operator Guru, Roy Bardowell is one of the most respected and knowledgeable men in the garage door and operator industry. His special passion for residential garage door, commercial door and gate operators leaves an impression on everyone he meets. Roy's training sessions at IDA Expos are always the one of the most widely attended sessions. He has been recognized by IDEA with the "Commitment to Excellence Award" and is an IDEA Certified Door Dealer Consultant. Roy is a member of the tech service team at Micanan Systems. He was Operations Manager at Guardian until 2012. We hope that you find Roy's articles informative and entertaining. Feel free to leave your comments for Roy.
by Roy Bardowell, CDDC
In an effort to reduce the number of deaths to children who become entrapped under garage doors with automatic motor operators, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued final rules for automatic residential garage door openers. The rules, which include revised entrapment protection requirements, apply to automatic residential garage door openers manufactured on or after January 1, 1993 for sale in the United States. The rules also include certification requirements and record keeping requirements for garage door opener manufacturers.
The entrapment protection requirements are part of a Congressional mandate written in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 1990. The act mandates that all residential garage door operators sold in the US must be wired to operate only with constant pressure on the down button, that will reverse the door to the open position if the close button is released before the door is completely closed or employ an exterior entrapment protection device such as, an electric door edge or set of photo-sensors to reverse a closing door when it encounters an obstruction as described in Paragraph 30.1 of the UL 325 standard for safety.
* All Guardian door operators have been evaluated, certified, and are listed with Underwriters Laboratories and comply with the UL 325 standard for safety.
* Meaning all Guardian door operators are state of the art when it comes to Safety!
* There have been NO recorded deaths since UL 325 was implemented in 1993!