8 Fire Hazards Lurking In Your Garage

Is Your Garage Free of Fire Hazards?

Is Your Garage Free of Fire Hazards?

Most homes built today have attached garages intended primarily for the shelter of automotive vehicles. However, their use has expanded over years to not only include vehicle storage but an extra space used for storing household items, repairing vehicles and as the ultimate “man cave.” Fires in garages are not just dangerous because of their contents but also because of its location in relation to the home.  You can reduce the threat of garage fires by addressing eight of these common hazards:

  1. Propane tanks, under the right conditions, can explode. Propane tanks are sturdy and should be stored outside on a flat surface away from flammable liquids and spark-producing machines.
  2. Power tools plugged in while not in use can cause sparking from overloaded electrical outlets. Power tools should be unplugged when not in use, and outlets should be up to code and properly grounded with breakers.
  3. Improperly stored cleaning products and flammable chemical liquids such as paint, oil, gasoline, brake fluid, varnish, paint thinner and  lighter fluid can be highly combustible when exposed to a spark. Store your flammable liquids in clearly labeled, self-closing containers and only in small amounts away from direct sunlight, heaters, spark-producing machines and appliances.
  4. Pesticides, garden fertilizers and lawn care materials can become combustible especially as they age if exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods.
  5. Fuel and oil leaks from vehicles, motorcycles and gas powered machines such as lawnmowers could spark fires very quickly. Cars and tools should be stored with care and floors kept free of oil and gasoline.
  6. Lightbulbs that exceed recommended wattage can spark a fire. Do not exceed the limit.
  7. Non-functioning smoke detector and no fire extinguisher in the garage.
  8. Cluttered garages with loose papers, oily rags, discarded household items and boxes are extremely dangerous. Install shelving units for items you wish to keep, simply throw things away or have a “Garage Sale!”

Buy Your Side Home Inspections wants you and your family to be safe in your home.  If you’re unsure if your garage walls, ceiling and interior doors are fire-rated, give us a call. We’re here for you. 407.780.0911.

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