Keeping Kids Safe: Garage Safety

The level of safety you should maintain in your family’s garage is in direct correlation to how much it’s used and which family members have access to the space. If your garage is used as an entrance on a regular basis or as a place where kids are expected to store bikes and toys, or if it is home to a second refrigerator or freezer that children will have access to, you will need to be more diligent when it comes to knowing what and where potential threats are. Use these cautions and tips to make your garage a more family-friendly place.

1. Your garage’s large, heavy, overhead door can present risks in and of itself. Every year, children are crushed beneath overhead doors when the door’s automatic-reverse mechanism fails. Make sure to properly maintain your garage door based on the manufactures suggestions, test the auto-reverse mechanism often by sliding an object under the door while attempting to close it, and if your overhead door is more than five years old, consider replacing it.

2. When you do find yourself in the market for a new garage door, look for one that is pinch-free. This design makes it impossible for fingers to get caught between the doors hinged panels while in motion.

3. Another risk associated with garage doors have to do with the large springs that are part of the door-lifting mechanism in most garage door designs. If not replaced before they wear out, they can suddenly break and be projected with enough force to seriously injury any person or animal that happened to be in it’s flight path. Luckily, that situation is an easy one to avoid. When the door is in the closed position, thread a piece of wire through the spring and secure it to the eyelets that the spring is attached to.

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