In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a 3-year-old got out of bed, climbed down two flights of stairs, opened a garage door by pushing a button on the wall and wandered a half-mile along busy roads before he was found safe in Eagan, police said. Police picked up the boy, who was staying with his mother at relatives in Eagan, at 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of Minnesota 55 and Lone Oak Road.
This is a reminder to parents that young children are curious and they can wander out of their homes. There are steps you can take to insure your child doesn’t wander off like this child. There are cheap measures you can take that send an audible alert, like wireless door and window chimes. But as far as the garage door is concerned, this demonstrates the importance of having your garage door wall switch and remotes be keep away from children at all times. Keep the wall button out of the reach of children. The recommended height is at least 5 feet from the floor.
D O O R SAFE
DOORS are heavy – never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving.
OUCH! – never touch any part of a moving garage door. Your fingers and hands can get hurt!
OPENERS are for adults – never play with the button on the wall that opens and closes the garage door.
REMOTES are for adults – never play with the remote control in the car, on Mom & Dad’s keychain or the one on the wall.
A few simple precautions, like this, can protect your family from potential situations.