While your garage door is one of your home’s handiest features, it can somehow still pose a danger to your family, especially your kids.
As much as possible, you want to create a safe space in your home. For kids, they may consider garages fun places.
It is spacious, thus perfect for them to run around, hide, and play.
If you have little kids running around the house, here are nine helpful tips to help make your garage childproof.
Test your garage door opener
Most of the latter garage door models have a built-in safety feature. The garage door opener detects if there is any obstruction along its way.
If it senses that there is something, it will stop closing midway and auto-reverse.
A fully working garage door opener can be useful, especially if you have kids running around.
Try testing the photo-eye by placing your limb to see if it auto-reverses. Try adjusting the sensitivity as well.
Keep children away from moving parts of the garage door
Kids like sticking their fingers to different things.
Sometimes, they may even look like little balls of energy that gets all over the place.
Moving garage door parts can be dangerous to your kids.
Make sure you talk and warn them not to touch any moving parts of the garage door.
Flip buckets upside down
Aside from your car, your garage door could also serve as storage for your other things.
If you have some buckets, pails, or containers inside your garage door, make sure you flip them upside down.
That way, no water or liquid could accumulate.
It would be very dangerous if there is spilled water near electricity sources and sockets.
You don’t want a watery mess inside your garage, primarily since many appliances and gadgets use electricity.
And even your garage door uses electricity as its power source.
Do not store chemicals inside milk or juice jugs
You must create a safe space out of your garage, especially when you have little kids.
If you let them play in your garage, make sure that any poisonous substances are out of reach of children.
You should also make sure that you do not store chemicals such as bleach, grease, gasoline, motor oil, paint, paint thinner, pesticides inside milk jugs or juice containers.
Kids may confuse it for their drinks.
Look for a more appropriate alternative to store the chemicals. Corrosive chemicals can also eat or melt recycled jugs and containers.
Keep all the keys out of the children’s reach
As kids, they are naturally curious and interested. Their playtime can even create a little dream world out of your garage.
Make sure that you keep keys to your vehicles, cars, or other power tools out of their reach.
You don’t want your kids opening your vehicles or your garage doors as they play around.
Store heavy sports and workout equipment out of their reach
Sports and work equipment such as barbells, dumbbells, rackets, or bats could be quite substantial.
You also want to make sure that your heavy materials and gear do not fall on your kids.
As a safety measure, store them away from your kids.
Store small fasteners in a secure container
Nuts, bolts, screws, nails, and other small fasteners should be contained in a similar place.
Make sure that they are sealed and out of reach of children.
You should also keep other tools such as the hammer, pliers, wrench, and screwdriver in a secured place beyond your children’s reach.
Sharp tools as well should be stored safely from the children.
Build a childproof barrier around your furnace or water heater
If you let your children play inside the garage, make sure that they keep away from dangerous objects.
Make sure you build a childproof barrier that will keep them away from the furnace or the water heater.
However, if you have appliances like these inside your garage, it’s best not to let your children play there.
Lock up small spaces
Kids love to play, hide, and seek. However, make sure that you create a safe space for your kids, especially in your garage.
As much as possible, you should prevent them from crawling into small spaces inside your garage, as this could be dangerous.
Make sure you lock areas such as the washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, coolers, and cabinets.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.