Most people don’t think about their garage as being a dangerous place for children to be left unsupervised. The Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team wants to make sure that everyone is knowledgeable about keeping their garages safe. With a little bit of information, your garage can be safe for your children to play in.
A lot of people do store dangerous things, like sharp objects and tools, in their garage. So the first thing you will need to do is tidy up and store things out of reach of children. You might not want to get into spring cleaning mode, but the ultimate goal is to make the garage safe for children.
You should always try to store your toxic and flammable products in closed cabinets, but that isn’t always an option for some people. If you don’t have cabinets, you can always get a storage cabinet that lock or put them on shelves that are out of reach. Anything that is able to hurt your children should be out of reach of little hands.
Cleaning products aren’t the only things that you should keep away from children. Sharp objects, such as saws, screwdrivers, and many other tools should always be put up. Be sure to always unplug your electricals as well.
Children that are not supervised might want to know what certain power tools do and that can lead to danger. Electrical tools and their cords should always be placed in an area that they won’t be messed with or pulled on. This will also help ensure that you always know where your tools are.
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to tell you not to put your car in your garage. But you should always make sure that your car is locked, even if your garage door is closed. This will prevent anyone from slamming their hand in the door, getting into the car without an adult present, or starting the car.
If you store things like ladders or stools in the garage, you need to make sure they are secured to the walls so your children can’t move them around and climb on them. If children find something to climb on, then they will do just that. It’s also important to make sure that you don’t have any low hanging ropes that are in a child’s reach.
Talk To Your Kids
Don’t just assume that because something is put in a safe area the kids won’t find it. Explain to your children why you have designated that area and let them know about garage safety. Let them know the things that they should never mess with and explain why it’s important that they listen.
Explain that messing with things like the garage door control panel, climbing on the reinforcement struts, and playing with tools is not something that should ever happen. Make sure they know how to safely operate the garage door in case of an emergency and no other times. While they are children, when you explain the reasoning behind your rules, they will understand better.
Keep An Eye Out
Regardless of how safe you have made your garage, you should always keep a close eye on your children. Stay within reach so you can hear and see them and then react quickly if something were to happen. Having them keep the door into the house open can help ensure you are able to hear and see better if there were an emergency.
We Are Here For You
If you are looking to make sure your garage is safer but need a little help, Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is here for you. We can help answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction. Give our friendly phone staff a call today!