Looking back on childhood, I can recall many fond memories playing and tinkering around in the garage. I would spend hours experimenting with all the different tools and tackling little projects like building model cars, rubber band guns, and anything else that struck my fancy. Although now, as an adult, I can also recognize several instances where I could have seriously hurt myself. Luckily I did not, but in this blog post I wanted to take the time to outline a few safety guidelines you can establish with your kids once they become interested in working with the tools in your garage.
Utilize cabinet latches
As your child begins to learn how to properly use tools, there will undoubtedly be some tools/materials that you don’t want them to use just yet (i.e., power tools, toxic solvents, paints, stains, etc.) Using cabinet locks or latches, just like ones that keep the kids from under the sink, gives you the piece of mind that they will only be able to access the tools you approve.
Don’t store ladders vertically
A ladder propped up against the wall in your garage can be pretty inviting for child looking to climb/play. This is a serious health hazard, as a small child climbing on a ladder could slip and fall off, or cause it to tip over. Storing ladders horizontally can prevent you child from injuring themselves or others. If your garage has storage space in the rafters, storing them there is optimal.
Supervise tool use
With every tool in your garage, there is a right way and a wrong way to use them. When introducing your children to a new tool, make sure to show them how to properly use and care for it. This could include showing them the proper way to hold a nail when hammering or properly securing a piece of wood for cutting. Ensuring that all necessary safety equipment, like gloves, goggles, and dust masks are being used is important as well.