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Hidden Home Dangers in Your Garage

Clutter and chemicals are two of the leading sources of fire damage restoration in a garage.

Clutter and chemicals are two of the leading sources of fire damage restoration in a garage.

When we think of garages, we typically think of those cavernous spaces either attached or separated from our homes where we park our vehicles and store just about anything else under the sun. However, there are often dangers lurking in our garages that can lead to fire damage restoration and even biohazard cleanup. Prevent disaster by regularly inspecting your garage for these hidden dangers:

Causing Too Much Clutter

From old paint cans to broken appliances, rags, and piles of paper, our garages are usually the places where we stash all those items we wish to keep out of sight and out of mind. The problem with all that stuff is that it can not only cause a tripping or falling hazard, it can also lead to extensive fire restoration as clutter is a significant ignition source for fires. It’s essential to regularly inspect your garage and discard items that are collecting dust.

Leaving Things Plugged In

Another hidden danger in your garage is leaving things such as power tools and other electrical appliances plugged in. A spark of any kind can lead to disaster, and as garages are often a haven for pests, your power tools can also suffer from damaged wiring. Prevent the possibility of fire and smoke damage restoration by unplugging all devices and appliances in your garage and, if possible, store tools in their cases and all unused electrical appliances under a safe fireproof cover when not in use.

Creating a Haven for Pests

As mentioned before, pests can cause havoc when left free to roam in your garage. Not only do mice and rats chew wires and just about anything else in sight, but rodent feces can also carry viruses and disease. The best way to keep pests at bay is not to store food, fabrics, and other attractants out in the open in your garage. Store all such items in tight-sealed containers.

Storing Hazardous Chemicals including Fuel

As our vehicles are dependent on fuel and oil to run, it’s common to store chemicals in our garages. Be aware that chemicals like propane, paint thinner, and oil are highly flammable and corrosive. A small leak from a propane tank can ignite and even explode under pressure. The best way to safely store household chemicals and propane tanks are to keep them outside in a fireproof cabinet and away from heat.

Never store chemicals near an open flame or spark. You must place corrosive chemicals in a plastic tub or tray so that they don’t leak onto your garage floor. If you experience a chemical spill, don’t attempt to clean it up yourself. Contact a biohazard cleanup team to handle and dispose of corrosive and dangerous materials safely.

Protect your family and your home from disaster. For more fire restoration safety tips, read How to Reduce Fire Danger in Your Home.

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