Garages differ from one home to the next. Others use it as storage while some use it as a personal studio. Either way, the best precautionary steps must be taken in order to keep a garage hazard-free.
Approximately 30,000 injuries are caused by garage accidents every year. That’s an alarming rate, which more homeowners need to be aware of.
Evaluating the safety of your garage and garage door is an impetus to peaceful living. That’s why today, we’re going to let you in on safety tips you must live by
Safety should be everyone’s business
A common mistake among homeowners is they steer away from awareness. However, it pays for everyone to know that safety should be his or her priority. Whether you’re the parent, daughter/son or nanny, you must know the precautions surrounding your garage and garage door. For starters, a manual is given to its owners for a reason.
Garage doors are NOT toys
A lot of children play with and around garage doors. Often, it’s a game of “beat the door” or “push the button”. Amusing as it may be, it’s extremely risky to let children think of garage doors as toys. As much as possible, the wall control and remote should be out of children’s reach. Furthermore, it’s best to address the serious danger of playing with garage doors as soon as one is installed in your house. A big bulk of garage-related accidents happens to children. If you don’t want yours getting injured (or worse), act now.
Never leave the remote unattended
It’s an all too common scenario wherein the remote control is left inside the car or somewhere lying on a surface unattended. Always make sure that the remote control is kept safe and away from your children. Doing so will also heighten your home security and prevent any thieves that may be tempted to break your car window just to grab the keys.
Try not to do it yourself
If your garage door stops halfway through its closing or it won’t open at all, don’t pull off a DIY repair. If you have 0 experience in garage repair, then call a professional immediately. The same goes with quick maintenance. Many homeowners think that they’re doing the right thing even without consulting a professional. Save yourself from dreadful trouble by seeking help right away.
Avoid the openings
Believe it or not, pinching and crushing due to the door’s section joints occur over 7,000 times a year. Serious cases even led to amputations. Don’t fall victim by making sure your fingers are away from the door openings at all times. It’s this kind of carelessness that gets people an unwanted run to the emergency room.
Inspect on a regular basis
Whether it’s a rusty corner, dysfunctional springs or bolts hanging loose, it pays to inspect your garage and garage door on a regular basis. Not only will it prevent accidents from happening, it will also ensure that the garage door is working at its prime, whichever season it may be. If you need help, consult a professional on how to properly check your garage doors for any safety hazards.
Keep the dangerous items out of sight
Power tools and chemicals (gas, paints, detergents, pesticides, bleach, polish, paint thinners, antifreeze, etc) are a serious red flag when kept poorly. Anything can happen if these items fall or are accessed by children. Make it a priority to store these hazard items in a lock-and-key cabinet. Explain to your children that they shouldn’t meander in the garage and meddle with those things because it can and will hurt them.
Check the floor
It’s easy to overlook the garage floor since you already have other components to look after, right? Wrong. The floor is just as critical as the rest of the area. If you fail to check for spills, fallen items or cracks, it may lead to accidents. Always keep a dry, clutter-free garage floor to avoid slipping or falling.
Store that ladder properly
A ladder stored vertically is an image of temptation among children. That’s why it’s best to store them horizontally or away from plain sight just so you can avoid your kids from climbing it and reaching for things that they aren’t supposed to reach.
Invest on a smoke detector
Your garage is home to many flammable items. That’s why you shouldn’t neglect installing smoke detectors in it. Heighten the security by regularly checking the detector’s batteries.
Organize a family clean up day
Get everyone in on the action by organizing a clean up day. Your garage may typically be storage for many homes. However, it also needs some TLC to continuously function well. Besides, when you de-clutter, you have even more space for further storage. Plus, it also reduces the stress that comes with messy garages. You can even hold a garage sale to get rid of the items you no longer need.
Prevent accidents from happening by following these steps. More than anything, we all want the safest and most secure home, including our garage.