Having a baby brings many changes to your life. In order to get ready for a new baby, you have to buy clothing and supplies, attend regular prenatal doctor visits, and carefully baby-proof your home. Baby-proofing can be a tedious task because many everyday items are potential dangers to your baby. As your child gets older you have to child-proof your house even more thoroughly and in different areas because if your child is starting to walk, there’s no telling what they could get their hands on. One area that is crucial to child-proof is the garage. Here are some things to note as you work on child-proofing your garage.
1. Make sure that your garage floor is safe.
The garage can be a fun open space for your kids to play, but if your concrete floor has no coating or is unfinished it can become a hazard. TSR Concrete Coatings offers epoxy, polyurea, and metallic floor coatings for your garage. The innovative TSR concrete coatings can be installed and ready in a single day, making it a convenient option for protecting your concrete floor and your children.
Without a concrete coating, garage floors are rough and porous. With little children running around and playing, there’s a high risk of falling and risking injuries and abrasions if the concrete is left exposed. The concrete floor in your garage can also be absorbant because it is porous. This means that any accidental spills or substances that drip from your vehicle may be absorbed and pose a threat to your children.
TSR concrete coatings are formulated to be durable. They are resistant to water, chemicals, abrasions, and sun damage. TSR also offers textured concrete coatings that make your concrete floor slip-resistant as well. As temperatures rise, TSR’s floor finishes can expand and contract in order to preserve the integrity of the protective coat. TSR’s skilled team of full-service concrete coat installers can give your garage floor a beautiful and durable epoxy coat with the color of your choice in just a single day. TSR offers free no-obligation residential floor coatings estimate for potential customers who want to protect their garage and their children.
2. Lock up the chemicals.
We often tend to use our garages as additional storage, especially for things that we wouldn’t want to bring inside our homes. This is fine as long as these items are stored safely. Any cleaning products, toxic chemicals, or other dangerous materials that are not locked up are extremely hazardous to young children. While kids are learning and growing they have a tendency to put anything within their reach in their mouths. By putting any unsecured chemicals in their mouths, children ingest the toxins, some of which could possibly be fatal.
You should use your own best judgment as a parent when it comes to securing any dangerous substances. Using high shelves, putting a padlock on cabinets, and adding a waterproof epoxy coating on your concrete floor are all good starting points for keeping your child safe from toxic chemicals.
3. Test your garage door.
As a homeowner with a garage, you’ve probably been told to occasionally test your garage door and it’s safety mechanisms, but as a parent, it’s essential to do these checks often. According to the nonprofit organization Consumer Reports, the best way to test your garage door is by placing a block that is two inches high in the path of your closing garage door. Automatic garage doors have a built-in sensor that will cause the door to bounce back and reverse if something is in the way. If your door doesn’t reverse while performing this test, do not use the garage door’s automatic opener until you have the sensors looked at by a professional. You can still open and close your garage door manually to ensure that your children are safe while the door is in motion.