Making Garage Doors Safe for Children

Basic Tips to Minimize the Risk of Garage Doors

garage doorsMany houses in the United States come with a garage. This garage has a door which poses a threat to little children.  Children at the ages of 2 – 8 years old are most susceptible to injuries ranging from broken limbs to brain damage.

Luckily, there are some basic tips to minimize the danger:

  • Make sure your garage door is locked all the time. It will prevent your child from playing with it and hurting herself.
  • If you are using an automatic door, the switch that operates it must not be accessible to kids. You can call a garage door technician to install the switch higher. Children find it hard to resist the urge to play with the switch.
  • If the door has a remote control, make sure it remains out of your child’s reach.
  • Install a sensor that will make the door halt in case it detects an object standing in its way.For your information, a door that closes automatically creates a pressure of close to 150 pounds, which can easily break a child’s bone.

From 1974 to 1995, more than 80 children across the United States were seriously injured due to accidents caused by garage doors. Some of them died. These doors did not have pressure or motion sensors.

  • Use rubber to wrap the edges of the door so that if your kid’s finger, God forbids, is stuck, the injury will be less serious.
  • Get rid of any refrigerators in your garage. You do not want your kid to trap herself in it. Best you could do if you want to drink cold beverages is to buy a very small minibar – too small for any kids to get into.

Most of these tips can be easily applied. Other may require a technician who will charge you for his services. But there is no price for your children’s safety.

Recommended Reading:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Safety Guidelines for Garage doors openers

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