There is a lot to consider when it comes to childproofing your home. After all, there are a lot of different elements that can end up causing damage if you are not careful. A good place to start is with your garage. A garage door will keep everything inside safe, but you can end up injuring your child if you do not childproof it correctly. So, here are some tips on doing so:
Use the auto-reverse feature
The first thing that we recommend doing is using the auto-reverse setting, which comes with a lot of garage doors today. This function will stop the door from moving when a sensor determines that there is any motion nearby. Due to motion on the ground being sensed by the auto-reverse function, using this setting is not only going to protect your children but it will protect your pet as well.
Seal the gaps
Next, we advise that you seal the gaps around your garage doors. Your child may be drawn in by the gaps around your garage door. If your child puts a finger in between a gap, she or he may end up sustaining an injury, for example, losing a finger. You may want to consider choosing stoppers or rubber seals to block off any open portions that are around or underneath your garage door.
Look for a garage door that comes with a child-safety feature
Aside from the tips that we have mentioned above, it is also a wise idea to look for a garage door opener that has a child-safety feature. You may want to consider choosing a door opener that comes with a child-safety lock. When the lock is initiated, your child is not going to be able to utilize the garage door opener, even if she or he presses the button on it. With these locks, you can typically input a code that enables you to use a garage door opener before doing so. You could also select a smart garage door opener. These openers give you the ability to close and open a garage door using your smartphone. Be sure to have a code on your phone, though, so that your child is not able to get into your smartphone and do it themselves.
Lock the garage doors
Finally, you may want to consider locking the garage doors every time you finish using them. We know that this can be a little bit annoying but it is certainly worth it in the end because it ensures the door does not fall on your child if they try to lift it and it can prevent any sort of serious accidents or injuries from happening.
As you can see, there are a number of different steps you can take to make sure that you childproof your garage door. We hope that the advice and tips that we have provided above will be a good starting point when it comes to keeping your garage area as safe as possible for your children.