Life Saving Garage Safety Tips
It might be difficult for you to believe, but it’s true that many garage owners don’t have any idea about the consequences of owning a garage that is not maintained properly.
If a garage is not maintained with care, people using it remains at high risk of tripping and falling; they might also become victims of toxic gas spills and fire breakouts. Follow the guidelines below to ensure people using your garage do not fall prey to any such incident.
Take Care of Your Garage Doors
Garage doors, when not maintained properly, develop damages which can be really expensive to fix.
For instance, if a spring of your garage door breaks, it can keep your car stranded inside the garage and may require you to call a service provider for carrying out urgent repair works.
Similarly, a door that has come off its track will stop you from closing it properly leaving your car and other belongings in the garage at risk of being stolen.
You should inspect the garage door at regular intervals; this will allow you to detect faults before they turn too serious. Regular inspection will ensure that you detect loose nuts, bolts or wheels early and get them fixed promptly.
Be Cautious with Heat Generated by Stored Objects
Garages are often used to store machines and appliances. Heat released by power equipment that has not been allowed to cool sufficiently or open flames emitted by welding torches are real and principal causes of fires in garages. Some people simply park overheated lawn tractors in their garage; this can be very dangerous.
Numbers put up by the National Fire Protection Association suggest that there were more than 6000 fires in garages between 2009 and 2011. Those fires have caused loss of almost $500 million and a total of 30 deaths.
Be Careful about Poisonous Materials
Kids are often seen playing in the front yard. Garage doors are usually left open to provide them with convenient access to their bicycles and toys. If you think about the number of poisonous items stored in your garage, you will realize the importance of being careful.
Pest control chemicals, supplies for your swimming pool and lighter fluid for your barbecue can all be dangerous and potentially fatal. Make sure you keep them out of the reach of your kids.
Never Store Inflammable Items in Your Garage
The three things that are essential for fires to grow and keep on burning are oxygen, a source of heat and fuel for combustion. You should always store inflammable items in a place where these three things cannot get together to feed a fire; they should not be kept within reach of sources of heat such as heating vents or heaters.
Use a dedicated cabinet or a container with an air tight lid to store inflammable items. Don't ignore items that may not readily come to mind, but are susceptible to spontaneous combustion, such as rags soaked in oil.
Following the tips discussed above will surely make your garage a much safer place. Never forget to inspect it well from time to time so that minor issues, if any, can be detected and handled quickly.