Know Your Hazards: 5 Steps for a Safer Garage

A little garage organization and cleaning can go a long way. It will give you access to the tools you need, and most importantly keep your family and pets safe.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Here’s a list of areas to investigate and improve:

  1. Check and secure caps on liquids like car soap, gas cans, paint and oil. Install child-proof lids where applicable. Store hazardous products on shelves, out of reach from children.
  2. Clean up spills, dirt and grime by sweeping. For more in depth garage cleaning, remove everything from the garage and use a pressure washer.* Remember to keep the pressure washer
  3. Secure all shelving, equipment and wall mounts (i.e. bike racks) so they’re sturdy and stable. Store heavy items on the ground so they can’t fall from above or topple over.
  4. Coil up hoses, extension cords and ropes to keep them organized and prevent loose ends from becoming trip hazards.
  5. Design clear pathways around cars and doors so walkways are spacious, visible and easy to use.

Walk through your garage a few times after making changes and view the space like a kid or pet might. From their perspective you will be able to spot any improvements that should be made for safety and organization purposes.

While it might seem overwhelming at first, chances are you just need some simple adjustments here and there to make your garage a handy and safe part of your home. The final result will be worth the time invested because you’ll have peace of mind and a great space to be productive. For more garage safety ideas, check out the Home Safety Council.

*Remember to keep the pressure washer located outside the garage if using to clean in confined space

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