To your son, it is a place to store his sports gear. To your daughter, it is a place to park her cycle. To you, it may be a place to store anything and everything- from motor oil and garden tools to your family car. Your garage means different things to different members in your family. It has become one of the most active and functional rooms in any house. Because it is arduous to keep kids away from it, therefore every parent must make a safe environment for their kids at home. Here are some tips to mitigate any threats posed to kids in your garage.
Gasoline, store matches, charcoal lighter fluid, oil, wind shield wiper fluid, and antifreeze must be kept beyond the child’s reach and sight in a locked closet. Antifreeze may contain a toxic chemical known as, ethylene glycol that is hazardous to pets and children. Parents must dilute any such spills by hosting them off. Oils too can become a slippery hazard. Therefore you must keep some absorbent products to help in its proper disposal and clean up.
Garage Door Openers
Did you know that garage doors can kill or injure a child if they come down on it? Well, parents should exercise extra caution and make sure that the garage door is in proper working condition. Children must also be kept away from the moving parts of the door to fend off any pinching of hands or crushing. The opener switch must be installed high enough so that your kids hands cannot reach it. You must also ensure the sensitivity of the door opener by placing a 2.5 inch wooden block in it’s path on the ground. If the garage door doesn’t change its direction and move up, then don’t use the opener. You can open and close it manually. You must know how to disengage it in case of any emergency.
Protection From Vehicles
You must make sure that your child doesn’t stand behind your running vehicle. Also do not leave the car keys inside the vehicle. This will prevent your child from accidentally starting the vehicle in a closed garage. You must also lock the trunk of your vehicle and all the doors, so that children cannot climb into it and become trapped. Also make sure that the motorbikes are secured so that they do not tip on your child.
Protection From Lawn Tool Equipment
The lawn power tools must be properly locked. These equipment should be stored in a way that they do not fall on your child. All the sharp edged and pointed tools must be kept out of the reach of your children. High hanging hooks can help keep a shovel or rack from turning into a falling hazard. Even buckets can be unsafe. Whether you are using them to wash off the car or the patio or to clean screens, you should avoid keeping them around. Disconnect all power tools when not in use.
Exposed electric wires in your garage can be hazardous for your children. When your child accidentally comes in contact with these live electric wires, it can electrocute or even kill your child. Therefore you must regularly check for any exposed cables or wires. Also ensure that your garage is not rat infested since they can eat up the wires and leave them out in the open. This in turn may invite disaster.
You can install simple alarms on the garage door that will sound when the door is opened or if it is left open for a few seconds. This is a very effective control of the garage door to alert you.
You should lock your freezers so that the children cannot climb into them and get trapped. Also empty all the melted ice water out of the coolers. It barely takes one inch of water for a child to drown. Something little like this is easy to overlook, but that added extra step may be the difference.
Every parent has to go through the drill of child proofing the house, especially when their children reach an age where they are grooving and moving to their own beat. We all make sure that our children our safe while riding in their car seats inside of the car, but the place where a lot of us park those cars can be almost as dangerous. A few minutes of prevention can go along ways to help keeping everyone in the family healthy and safe. For some more tips check out this short video below produced by the Cleveland Clinic.