Garage Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

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Turn your garage into a safe space for everyone. You’ve gone out of your way to ensure that the rest of your home is safe, so why not safeguard your garage as well? Since garages are often dark, dirty, cramped, and cluttered, they are the source of a lot more household accidents than you would expect. Make sure that yourself, your kids, your pets, and everyone else are well protected from the unexpected by following these garage safety tips.

Eliminating Household Hazards: Garage Safety Tips

It’s important to educate your family as well as your children about the needed safety in your garage. Explain why this area can be a dangerous place to play in if it’s not organized properly. It helps them understand that they should be cautious of certain items and tools that may be stored in the garage. Here are some quick safety features and tips to add to your garage:

  • Secure any shelving units or other large pieces of garage furniture to the wall to minimize the risk of them toppling over.
  • Lock your vehicles when they are parked in the garage, and store the keys out of reach so that kids don’t get heatstroke playing in the cabin.
  • Install a lock on freezers or other large appliances that kids could climb into and become trapped.
  • Unplug appliance and power tools when they are not in use.
  • Hang a working fire extinguisher in the garage and be sure to replace it once it expires. This is especially important if you use your garage for projects.
  • Inspect and repair your garage door regularly. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 30,000 accidents happen annually as a result of garage doors.
  • Hang a working fire extinguisher in the garage and be sure to replace it once it expires. This is especially important if you use your garage for projects.
  • Upgrade the lighting in the garage so that visibility is not an issue.

Organization is Key

Installing simple organization such as garage cabinets and other garage storage options allows you to personalize as well as protect your family. Explore some of our best organization tips below:

  • Store ladders and other tall items horizontally to discourage kids from climbing on them.
  • Keep any sharp objects – power tools, nails/screws, and lawn clippers and shears, etc.  either locked up or stored somewhere that is out of the reach of children.
  • Put any fertilizers, paints, fuels or other harsh chemicals you may be storing in your garage all in one place where kids cannot access it. Chemicals should also be stored in their original containers to eliminate confusion about what you’re using.
  • Declutter the space, and get rid of anything that is either useless or unnecessarily hazardous.

Garage Safety Starts with You

 A Guide to Garage Organization & ImprovementAs you can see, a lot of these garage safety tips are fairly common sense. But in order to make your garage as safe as possible and keep it that way, you may want to invest in some upgrades. Simple storage solutions make it easy to keep common hazards out of the way and inaccessible to children. They also help you to organize the space and get more out of every square foot.

Before you or someone you love gets hurt, contact Garage Designs about making functional, affordable improvements to your garage. For even more organization information, download your free copy of A Guide to Garage Organization & Improvement.

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