Garages are meant to be one of the most functional spaces in a home. The garage is where most sharp tools and chemicals are likely to be stored, which means more effort is needed to keep them as safe as possible. Here are a few garage safety tips that illustrate how even simple steps can prevent an injury:
- Be sure the garage is well lit. Install the highest wattage light bulb that the overhead outlet safely allows.
- Keep children’s playthings in one corner within their reach, to discourage kids from exploring potentially dangerous areas.
- Install slip-resistant flooring.
- Remove items from the floor and store them in cabinets or on shelves, hooks or brackets.
- Don’t lean heavy or sharp objects against the walls, such as tires and gardening tools. These can easily fall on feet and small children.
- Store ladders horizontally to prevent tipping and children climbing on them.
- Make sure poisonous products, like automotive fluid, pesticides, paint thinner, turpentine and antifreeze, are stored on high shelves out of reach or in locked cabinets.
- Keep a sturdy step stool nearby to aid in reaching items stored up high.
- Mount a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in the garage. Be sure every family member knows where they are and how to use them.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector rated for the garage.
- Install a smoke alarm in the garage.
Source: Minnesota Safety Council