Shed Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries

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Shed Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries

Safety should always be your primary concern if you use your shed as storage for tools and equipment. Anytime there’s a shed full of sharp tools or heavy equipment, such as lawnmowers, safety should be the priority. These types of items can cause accidents and harm you or your family members if not stored or handled correctly.

Here are some tips on how to prevent shed-related accidents and injuries:

Keep Your Storage Shed Secure

If you have young children at home, this is the most important tip. Your little one might wander into the garden and straight into your storage shed full of sharp tools and heavy garden equipment. This could mean serious injury to a small child. Prevent this from happening by keeping your storage shed locked with a secure padlock. Locking your shed will also prevent theft.

Store Items Sensibly

While this could be interpreted in various ways, think of what works best for you and the items you’re storing. For example, go ahead and hang garden tools on a wall, but don’t hang sharp knives, hammers, and other heavy and sharp items. There’s a chance a hook might get loose, and the object falls on your hand, foot, or your child’s head – you get the picture.

Be Mindful of Tripping and Slipping Hazards

Ensure you get rid of any unnecessary clutter and have a clear path in your shed for you to walk through. Don’t store items you can trip over in the middle of your shed, such as paint cans, lawnmowers, or a big bin full of random things. You might be rushing inside your shed and not notice them on the floor, causing you to slip and fall.

Avoid Storing Hazardous Materials

Paint, lighter fluid, and oil are commonly kept in storage sheds, but remember that these are still highly flammable liquids! If you can’t avoid keeping them, ensure that they are kept in clearly marked, airtight metal containers, away from each other and anything that might cause an accident. You can also consider keeping them in special storage cabinets that keep them away from other things and out of reach from children.

While we can’t avoid keeping potentially dangerous items in a shed, remember these safety tips when organizing your shed. These will help keep you and your family away from untoward accidents and injuries and keep your storage shed safe and organized.

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If you’re looking for a high-quality and safe perfect shed for your backyard, Heritage Building Co. offers a wide selection of sheds that can meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more and let us help find the right shed for you.

“…Yea, I have a goodly heritage.” – Psalm 16:6 KJV