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Garage Fire Prevention

Unfortunately, garage fires are an all too common occurrence. Garage fires can also be the most violent as most garages contain a host of flammable materials such as gasoline, paint thinner, greasy rags, wood, and sawdust. Garages are also where heating sources such as water heaters and furnaces are often located. A lot of us often use our garages as workshops as well, and participate in activity that create sparks such as using electric saws or welding. So it is important to take safety precautions to help prevent garage fires. Here are a few ideas to help make your garage a safer place:

Storage Safety:

  • When storing combustible liquids, try to keep them in small amounts and in a sealed, preferably fireproof, container.
    Keep all flammable materials away from heating sources.
  • Make sure the floor is clear of clutter such as paper or oily rags if you are doing work that may create sparks.
  • Store propane tanks outdoors.

Safety Equipment:

  • Place a fire extinguisher in your garage in an easy to access spot.
  • Equip your garage with a smoke detector. A carbon monoxide detector is also a good idea for safety.
  • Consider having a sprinkler system installed if you often use your garage as a workshop.

Safe Routines:

  • When cutting or sanding wood, sweep up any sawdust or wood chips immediately as these are often sources of garage fires.
  • After using paint, oil, or solvents, make sure the lids are tightly sealed and store them in a safe place.
  • Dispose of oily or gas soaked rags properly such as in a steel bucket with a tightly sealed lid and keep far from heat sources.
  • Make sure you don’t have any exposed wires that could create a spark.

Avoid Garage Break-Ins

When thieves are looking to break into your home, they look for vulnerabilities. Unfortunately the garage is often an access point for thieves. But by using some common sense and security measures, you can help thwart burglars efforts to get into your home.

Number one and probably the most obvious, don’t leave the garage door remote in your car when it is parked outside your home. It’s all to easy for a thief to break into your car to get into your home. Invest into a key chain remote garage door opener if you don’t have one already and keep it on your key chain. Don’t leave clipped to the visor of your car as this is just advertising to potential thieves.

Install a deadbolt on the door that accesses your home from your garage and lock that door each time you leave your home. Also make sure that door is of sturdy build and not one that could be easily kicked in. Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage. This will give you the ability to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise in the garage.

Garages with glass windows are a favorite of thieves. They will often break the glass and trip the emergency release with a coat hanger. You can fortify your emergency release with zip ties making it hard to release with a coat hanger but can still be pulled in case of an emergency.

Also, if your garage has glass windows, make sure they are frosted or tinted so it’s not easy to see in. Clear windows allow anyone to see if there is a car in the garage or not.

Don’t leave your garage door open, even when you’re home. It just makes it too easy for someone to grab your property and run.

Tell your neighbors or have family check on your house if you are going to be out of town to keep watch for any strange cars or work trucks parked outside your home.

If you have a home alarm, make sure your garage is part of the system. Security cameras that can be accessed remotely via a smartphone are also a wise investment.

Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.