A house fire, as we are well aware, can cause major damage, this is why installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is such an important part of fire prevention. What about our garage? Could it be a fire risk? Let’s look at some ways of preventing this from happening.
When we think about what our garages are used for, working on the car, repairing gardening equipment etc. and even what we store in them, things like gas cans, cleaning products and other flammable liquids, it’s easy to see the great potential for a fire to start in this area of our home. So, what are some precautions we should take?
Well, there are some simple things that can be done to lower the chance of a fire starting. As has been mentioned, make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in the garage and be sure to check them monthly when you are checking the rest of the home.
If you are doing work in the garage, clean up any oil spills or other liquids immediately. Don’t leave garbage sitting on the floor. Keep the garage door open while you are working in there so that you minimize the risk of breathing in toxic fumes which could easily build up. If your garage connects to your home, check the connecting door for any gaps or cracked seals which could allow harmful fumes to enter.
If you feel worried that your garage may be a potential fire hazard, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a garage inspection. We will be able to point out any areas of concern.