You don’t naturally think of garages as being safe play areas for children, I mean, after all you were probably not allowed in your garage as a child. But they don’t have to be the scary, dangerous places we associate them with. With a little care, you can make your garage a safe place for your kids to play.
It’s really not that difficult, you just need to clearly think about the items that could pose a threat and eliminate or limit them. Take, example, storage space. If you store dangerous or toxic products in the garage, they need to be out of children’s reach and sight. Ideally, you should store dangerous items in locked cabinets or cupboards rather than on shelves. The same goes for electrical tools, such as drills. If you’ve recently been using power tools, make sure any electricals are unplugged and stored out of reach, with the cords wrapped around them so children cannot pull them down.
Children are naturally curious and are known for exploring every nook and cranny. Ensure that they cannot get hurt in your garage by attaching ladders horizontally to the walls to make sure they can’t climb on them. You should also keep any dangling ropes or cables out of their reach. Additionally, teach your children not to climb on the reinforcement struts on the back of your garage door (if you have a double garage door).
To clear space in the garage, if possible, remove both cars. If you leave a car in the garage, ensure you have locked the doors. As we said above, children are curious and they are bound to find their way into an unlocked door. At the very least, they could end up trapping their fingers, at the very worse, they could cause a serious accident.
Finally, ensure you educate your children about garage door safety. Teach them not to open and close the garage door themselves, not to put their fingers between the garage door sections, not to use the wall control panel unsupervised, etc. And most important of all, always keep an eye on them!
Before you start letting your children play in the garage, make sure it’s safe by scheduling a tune-up
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