It's Summer break and the kids are busy exploring outside, playing games and riding bikes all day. As parents we check out their bikes, we go over safety rules, stranger danger, we meet other parents and create emergency contact lists, but we may be missing a bid danger lurking right outside the back door.
Think about what's in your garage, workshop, or storage shed for a moment and it quickly becomes clear that it's a potentially hazardous environment for children. These spaces house not only a car, but often sharp tools and implements, toxic and flammable substances from insecticides and fertilizers to pest poisons and gasoline, perhaps empty bottles and cans, plus countless items that could fall over onto a child and cause injury. Even the garage door can be dangerous. The garage generally is not a safe place for an unsupervised young child to be, and it's best to keep it off-limits. Here are some precautionary measures to prevent accidents;