Garage Safety Checklist
The garage is one of the most overlooked areas of safety in the home. Maybe it’s because we don’t live in it, but we do access it nearly every day. Kids go in and out to grab bikes, balls, and toys. Parents store small machines like lawnmowers, weed whackers, and gardening equipment in there, not to mention possibly fertilizers, chemicals, and gas cans.
We’ve combined a few tips on garage safety to help you keep this part of your home safe and secure. Even if you don’t have any kids in the house, the checklist below will make your garage a safer place.
Garage Safety Checklist
Garage safety concerns run the gamut from the physical security of the space to accessibility and condition to what is stored in the garage. Here’s a look at some of the top safety concerns in a garage.
- Auto-Reverse Function. Every automatic garage door should be equipped with an auto-reverse feature. Part of the garage door opener system, the auto-reverse feature forces the garage door to go back up if it encounters physical resistance when closing. If there is anything lying where the garage door sits when closed, the door will automatically reverse as soon as it encounters the object. A secondary safety feature is an electronic sensor. Located at the sides of the garage door opening, the sensors can determine if anything passes through the garage door opening while the garage door is closing. If it senses movement, the opener immediately stops closing the door and reverses back up. To check to make sure this feature is working properly, use a broom stick and place it under the door as it is closing; make sure it reverses when it hits the broom.
- Clutter. Clutter is a common problem in garages. Garages often serve as extra storage space for indoor items, not to mention all of our outdoor gear. Clutter can pose a fire hazard and/or trip and fall hazards. Reduce clutter by making sure everything has a space and is returned to that space every time it’s used. Take some time to do a deep clean/organization of the garage twice a year to reduce clutter you don’t use or return items that didn’t get returned to their proper place throughout the season.
- Hazardous Materials. Hazardous materials like gasoline for lawn equipment, chemical fertilizers, and sharp landscaping or gardening tools pose several hazards. Always store gasoline in approved containers, away from sources of ignition, and out of reach of little hands. Likewise for chemicals, paint, oils, windshield washer fluid, and cleaning supplies. Powered and hand tools should be stored off the floor where they won’t pose a tripping hazard or be accessible to children. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in the garage, just in case.
- Locks. Make sure all of your garage door and window locks are working properly, including on the door from the garage to the house. And be sure to lock that one! Even if your garage does not have an external entrance door, a determined intruder can breach it through the vehicle entrance. Once inside, they have easy access to your home through an unlocked door. Motion sensor lights can help deter nighttime intruders.
- Lighting. A safe garage is one with adequate lighting. Your garage door opener should have a light that turns on whenever the opener is activated. You may want to add extra lights that you can turn on and off when the garage door is closed. Proper lighting makes it easier to access and store items and can help prevent falls.
While not a comprehensive list, this checklist hits the biggest areas of safety concern in the garage. Spring is a great time to think about garage safety as we start to spend more time in the yard and visit the garage more frequently.
If you’re due for your annual garage door inspection and tuneup, contact Florida Sliding Glass and Garage Door Repair at (786) 708-9983 or complete our online form to schedule service today!