One of the most important things a parent can do is teach their young children about garage door safety. Garage doors are big, heavy equipment that can be extremely dangerous, and garage door openers can cause just as much harm. If your garage is attached to your home, your child probably comes into contact with it on a daily basis. But be aware, when the weather is nice and kids are home for the summer, there is an even greater chance of garage door injuries.
Remember the DOOR SAFE Tool
The International Door Association through Garage Door Care has come up with a simple and easy-to remember tool called “D O O R SAFE”. This acronym includes four short messages that parents can use to teach their little ones about staying safe around garage doors and their openers.
- DOORS are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open moving.
- O PENERS are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.
- OUCH! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!
- R EMOTES are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car or on Mom & Dad’s keychain.
Review DOOR SAFE Often
A good rule of thumb to review the D O O R SAFE information with your children from time-to-time to keep your children safe and ensure they stay that way.
Another tip is to make sure to keep garage door opener transmitters and remotes out of reach of children. Also, garage door opener buttons that are installed in the garage should be installed at least FIVE FEET from the floor, so they are out of reach for children.
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