‘Tis the season to clean out the garage. Not the most joyous of tidings, but it’s got to be done.
While you’re at it, it’s also an opportunity to make sure the space is safe for your kids or any others who may be visiting.
Pediatrician Kim Giuliano, MD, says all dangerous garage chemicals, cleaners and equipment must be out a child’s reach.
“The key is putting it up high and/or having a lock on it,” says Dr. Giuliano. “Having it just out of sight but still within reach isn’t enough. Kids are going to open cabinet doors and explore and be curious.”
Dr. Giuliano says all chemicals and flammable liquids should be kept in cabinets under lock and key. These include:
Gasoline, oil and paint cans should be sealed tightly and placed on a shelf that’s out of reach. Other equipment that should stored high up:
Dr. Giuliano says you should even avoid leaving 5-gallon buckets around: “Whether you’re using these buckets to clean screens, wash off the patio or wash the car, it only takes a very small amount of liquid for drowning accidents to happen.”
She suggests you store buckets upside down to keep liquids from accumulating and causing a drowning hazard.