Parents everywhere know that kids love to play in the garage. It is a great place to start a hide-and-seek game. Curious minds lead to curious little hands which will inevitably grab at items stored inside the garage. Little legs will always try to find a way to climb any area it can reach. All in all, your garage is an accident-prone area. Before the worst situation can occur, here are tips you can follow to keep your garage as safe as possible for your children.
The Garage Door Openers and Sensors Should Be Working Perfectly
Garage doors are obviously heavy and if an adult can get seriously injured by a garage door, imagine what that can do to a toddler. If your garage door has sensors and reverse action features, make sure that these are in proper working condition. Perform regular tests to assure yourself that the sensors are in top condition always.
Teach the children to avoid being close to the garage door at all times. If you know that they are playing inside the garage, keep the door open so you can monitor them or close and lock the garage door but keep the remote in a visible place for you to be able to use it in case an emergency happens. Training the children not to touch the garage door’s button and the overhead garage door remotes should on top of your list for their reminders if they are to be allowed to play inside.
If your garage doors are really heavy, the tracks should be able to move smoothly when it closes and open. If the opposite happens, it is time to get quality garage door repair and maintenance services.
Make Your Garage a Climbing-Free Zone
As mentioned above, kiddos will climb anything that they can climb. If you have ladders inside your garage, these should kept away from the kids’ reach and sight. Ladders should be attached securely against the wall or set to be lying flat on the ground and folded. If you also store ropes, these should be locked inside a safe cabinet. Speaking of cabinets, children need to be taught that cabinets and shelving are not for climbing or to be used as hiding places.
Experts advise that anything you do not want a young child to be able to reach or to climb on should be at least installed 5 feet away from the ground.
Store Electrical Tools and Any Chemical in Locked Cabinet
It is not enough to keep electrical tools unplugged and chemical solutions kept inside a closed cabinet. A few minutes of turning your back away from a child can easily turn into a disaster. Any kid can open a cabinet so it is always the best idea to install child-proof locks to keep dangerous items away from their hands and mouths.
This also goes for handy but non-electrical tools like screwdrivers, hammers and shovels as well as heavy machinery like lawn movers and wind blowers. If these are not to be needed in the current season, store them away from the areas where the children usually play. Sharp objects are the common accident causes and little monkeys love to touch anything they can find. Keep these away from your children by putting them in locked boxes and stored in the top-most part of the shelves and cabinets.
Secure and Lock All Car Doors
Children will get into any trouble whether you are with them or not. Fragile fingers will pry open car doors and even try to drive your car. Lock your car doors so they cannot get their tiny fingers stuck in the doors and windows.
Designate A Special and Specific Play Area
If you really cannot avoid having the kids play in the garage, create a special play area with a soft mat, a play pen and their favorite toys. Teach kids that they can only be allowed to play in the garage if they stay in their special section. Make sure that bulky items such as luggage bags and cartons are in close proximity to their special play section. It is never too early as well for kids to be trained in safety measures whenever they are in the garage. Refrain from letting the kids know where you store their old toys in the garage so they will not go on their own treasure hunt and run into an accident. However, the best way to make your garage into a safe place for children is you to always have a responsible adult watch over them.