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Harmful Household Products That Might Be Hiding In Your Garage
Keeping our children safe from potential dangers is our parenting responsibility. The garage is often a very unsafe place for toddlers and young children. There people normally store unused items, heavy machinery, vehicles, chemical substances, and other equipment.
Disconnect Power Items And Lock Them Away
Anything that uses electrical power should be locked away. Plug locks can be used for this purpose if you are unable to lock them up. Anything with batteries should be stored with them removed if they can’t be locked away.
Car doors should be locked as well to keep kids from venturing into that disaster. Heavy machinery like lawnmowers must be kept in a way that its blades face the wall. Don’t leave household extension cords strung out across the garage either. The floor can get damp and the risk of electric shock is high.
Store Containers, Bikes, and Ladders Properly
Large empty containers can pose the risk of trapping kids inside and if the containers are filled, the risk of drowning. It is wise to close the mouth of containers if they are filled or place them upside-down otherwise.
Never place a ladder vertically in your garage. A standing ladder is just begging your kid to climb it, which may result in a falling accident, wounding your child, and possibly damaging your vehicle. To avoid this situation, always place the ladder against the wall in a horizontal position.
Small children can easily knock a bike over on top of themselves or hurt their fingers in the gears. Instead, of just propping up your bikes in the garage, use wall mounts to safely store them and save space at the same time.
Keep Dangerous Substances And Chemicals Out Of Reach
You can also build shelves and keep the products there. WAY at the top. Use airtight containers to store volatile solvents like thinner and keep them out of reach as well.
Do Not Let Children Play With Garage Doors
Garage doors are big and heavy enough to cause severe physical injuries like crushed bones and brain damage. Don’t let them rush under it or grab it.
Automatic garage doors are much safer since they use sensors to detect objects under it. For a manual garage door, the ones with a counterbalance system rather than a coil spring are much safer. Explain your specific situation to places that specialize in garage doors and they can lead you in the right direction.
Don’t Let Them Enter The Garage To Begin With
A garage is a part of the house that is utterly dangerous for children, you should not let them go there, to begin with. Especially alone.
You can either secure the door leading to the garage or use a child gate to block them. Stay safe!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.