Most people tend to store all of their household clutter in their garage, ranging from old furniture, gardening tools and sports equipment to half-empty pesticides and paint cans. All these items not only limit the space in your garage, but also post a lot of danger to you and your family. Here are some garage safety tips which can make your garage a safer place to arrive at.
Remove and organize clutter:
Separate all the items you have stored in your garage into categories, such as garden and lawn tools, auto supplies, sports equipment, decorations, etc. After that, pitch, sell or donate items that you do not use or need. Invest in storage solutions and wall organization units to keep things organized, such as shelving units, peg boards, cabinets, etc. This also reduces the risk of you falling and tripping in the garage.
Keep safe from fire hazards:
As far as fire safety rules are concerned, garages are no exemptions. Combustible chemicals like paint thinner, fertilizer, gasoline and pesticides can sometimes lead to very dangerous fires. Identify and store inflammable products properly, such as in well-ventilated areas rather than your garage. Follow instructions on the product labels to dispose of them properly. Keep a handy fire extinguisher in the garage, which can fight a fire involving oil, grease, gasoline, flammable liquids, kerosene, electrical equipment, etc.
Manage CO fumes in your garage:
If your garage is attached to your house, fumes from your vehicle exhaust can quickly build up and seep into your house. CO can be produced through engine powered machines, fuel-burning equipment and other such things like cars, portable generators, etc. Having CO alarms on every level of your house and also near the sleeping areas can ensure the safety of your family, in the case of fumes enter your premise. Remember, carbon monoxide or CO is an odorless, colorless gas, which can be identified only with a CO alarm. So, it is better to be safe now than sorry later.
Take care of security breaches:
Your garage door can provide a very easy entry point for thieves and burglars. So, never leave it open. Apart from that, always keep the door between your home and the garage locked at all times. Installing a motion sensor light above the garage door can be a great way to deter night-time break-in from the garage.
With these tips, you can achieve superior garage safety measures. So, spend some time and money on improving your garage safety, and reclaim that usable space for sure.
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