The garage is generally not considered the sort of place where young children will be spending time without supervision. There can be dangerous items stored inside that could injure a child who was only trying to play. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep the garage cleaned up and safe enough that a child won’t run into harm if they want to ride their bike inside the garage or play ping pong with a friend.
If you use the garage to store products that might be flammable or dangerous, there will be things around that could cause harm to your children. The same goes for those who house a workshop in the garage to take care of projects. However, there are ways to bring a bit more safety into the garage.
Use Common Sense When Considering Changes
- Do you have shelves up for storage? Choosing to use cabinets, rather than shelves, keeps toxic or dangerous things behind closed doors. In addition, you can use a lock and key to ensure none of your children get into something they should not. Be sure to properly house any sharp objects, like tools, as well so they aren’t available for the children to play with.
- Do you work on home projects? The garage is a great place for taking care of projects, working on the car, or otherwise taking care of business. However, you should make sure that you put away any electric tools when you are done with them. At the very least, unplug these items, but it’s even better if you wrap the cords up and put them somewhere out of reach.
- Do you always lock your car doors? Children playing in the garage can get into all sorts of trouble with cars that are unlocked. Someone might open a door and end up slamming their finger shut in it. The easiest way to avoid this situation is to simply lock the car doors each time you leave the vehicle. Without the keys, the children can’t get in and accidents won’t happen.
- Do you store ladders and other climbing tools in the garage? If there’s a will, there’s a way and with children, there’s always a will. That’s why you should make sure that any ladders or other similar equipment is securely attached on the wall in a horizontal manner. This will give you peace of mind that your children cannot climb on the ladders and fall. Be sure to look for ropes and lines from the ceiling, as well. If a child can get to it, they’ll likely try to climb it.
- Have you explained to your children that the garage door is not a toy?
Be certain that any young children in the home know that they are never to push the button that works the garage door. Often, the control panel is installed in a way that children cannot reach it, but it’s always better to be safe and ensure your children know that it is dangerous and should never be touched.For those who have a double garage door, these often come equipped with reinforcement struts. These metal bars run horizontally on the inside of the door and children should be aware that they should never climb on them, even if the door is closed and not currently being used.
If you are required to open the garage door using an electric opening device, make sure they stand back away from the door. For a manual door, teach your children never to use the joints between sections for closing or opening the door. This can result in crushed fingers.
- Watch out for them
If the children are in the garage and you need to take care of something inside, leave the door between the house and garage open. You can hear your children playing and be close by if an accident does happy.
If you wonder whether your garage door is safe and operating the way it should be, contact us without delay at (416) 239- 7777. We offer a tune-up service that will reassure you your door is, in fact, safe and will not cause harm to your children or anyone else.
We can also send you a detailed quote by email. We are also able to visit you and go over the garage doors we offer. With years of experience, we can help you ensure you make the right decision for your home. We also recommend using our design center to “build” a virtual garage door for your home or looking over our image gallery to find inspiration.