When we have children, our top priority is to make sure they live a healthy life and live in a safe environment. That is why we spend countless time and money making sure the inside of our home is safe, but what about the garage? There is no doubt that the garage can pose a risk for your children if you don’t childproof it.
Are My Children At Risk In My Garage?
There is no question that any garage can entice children to get into things that don’t concern them. Children are curious little creatures and want to explore everything. When you are looking into the safety of your garage for your children, ask yourself these questions…
- Are chemicals stored in locked cabinets?
- Are the cars kept locked?
- Are tools kept out of reach?
- Do I keep dog food, garbage, and other items cleared up?
- Can my child get out of the garage easily?
- Do I keep my garage door maintained and perform inspections?
These are some questions you should ask yourself before you make any changes. This will help you see what you can do to make your garage safer for your children.
How to Childproof Your Garage
Since you now have an idea of what is needed to keep your children safer in your garage, now it is time to be proactive. Here are some practical steps to make sure your garage is safer…
- Store all chemicals such as paint, weed killer, and other items in a locked cabinet. Keep the key hidden from your children. Most children will try to reach items on a shelf by any means necessary, like climbing. That is why a locked cabinet is the safest bet.
- Get rid of clutter. Keep a designated area for tools where they are restrained. Lock away animal food if you keep it in the garage. Anything that can trip a child (or an adult for that matter), restrain it.
- Install a Dutch door in the garage door exit. This way, you can have the top half open to let in fresh air if you’re doing some work and the bottom half will be closed (and hopefully locked).
Of course, you can look around your garage area and see what all can pose a risk in the safety of your children. Feel free to add kind of practical storage solutions to make your life easier and keep your children safer.
How Can I Practice Garage Door Safety?
Garage doors that are automatic can also threaten the safety of your children. Be sure to keep the remote out of reach and do not allow them to play with it. You can also make sure to maintain your door by performing inspections yourself as well as annually by a professional.
We Can Help!
For any questions you have regarding your garage door, call our techs at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. Not only can we repair and perform inspections on your garage door, but we can also answer any questions you have about safety. Give us a call and we will help you.