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By Guest Author: Gary Grover
Each year, there are roughly 21 million accidents that occur at home that lead to some kind of visits either to a doctor, hospital or clinic for medical care. Around 25% of those are the result of a non-fatal fall at some part of the house. While most people think of the inside area of the house when it comes to accidents at home, there are also thousands of accidents that occur each season in the garage.
Despite it being an area that families spend very little time in, some just for walking to and from the car, the accident numbers show it to be an area that has many potential pitfalls. Just like an inspector does for their type of work, you too should have a standard checklist that you go through each yea to make sure your garage is as cleaned an organized as possible to so or someone you know does not become just another statistic for people being injured in the garage.
Here is a brief look at some of the things to be on the lookout for as you are walking around the garage to check to make sure your family is doing everything possible to limit the potential for accidents.
1. Anchor large items to the wall - if you are using shelving units with multiples levels or cabinets five feet or higher, they should be secured to the wall in some manner so you don't have to worry about them ever falling over and hurting somebody. (The Monkey Bar Storage installers always securely anchor or attach the cabinets they install to the wall to prevent a "pull over" accident.)
2. Store sharp items - it may seem like common sense but some people are in a hurry to too lazy to store sharp objects when they are done with them and leave them lying on the shelf where kids or small children can reach them and possibly get injured. If you do hang them up, store the sharp ends or edges pointed upward so the children cannot reach them from the bottom and cut themselves. (Monkey Bar Storage has a special method of safely storing these items.)
3. Reduce the weight on shelves - shelves work good for storage but they should not be loaded down with heavy items. Each shelf has a load limit and that should be followed accordingly, otherwise you run the r of the shelf collapsing or large items sliding off the edges or ends. (Unless you have the Monkey Bar Shelving that is rated for 1000 pounds on every 4 ft. section. It is by all standards, the safest, strongest and most versatile garage storage system available today.)
4. Keep liquids out of sight - often times liquids and chemicals are kept in the garage that can lead to explosions or poisoning if they are not taken care of properly. Garage cabinets work well to keep the items out of sight as well as out of reach of little children. (Monkey Bar Storage has a lockable cabinet designed especially for the purpose of storing harmful chemicals to prevent any chance of a poisoning accident.)
5. Hand ladders horizontally - this may not always work depending on how big your space is, but when possible, this reduces the inclination of kids wanting to climb them as well as you don't have to worry about them falling over if they were standing vertically. (Monkey Bars has a ladder storage system that stores your ladders safely out of the reach of young hands. Ask your local Monkey Bar Storage Rep about it.)
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