Without warning, a fire can start in your home’s garage. After all, you keep your car in there, and it might be dripping motor oil or spring a fuel leak. Be sure to keep track of everything in your garage. So if you’re curious about what to do in the event of a garage fire, then read on to learn more!
Avoid Storing Anything Flammable
As we mentioned above, your garage is probably filled with many different liquids. These liquids can all catch on fire, whether it is lighter fluid for your grill, cans of paint, cleaning products, or extra brake fluid for your car. You should keep all of these items someplace else, such as a shed in the backyard. Just make it is separated from the main house. You might also store old books, newspapers, and magazines in your garage. These items can be the kindling for a garage fire as well.
Keep Your Car in Good Condition
You can prevent a garage fire by keeping your car in good condition. Even if you think a small leak is nothing to worry about, it can become a disaster if you leave it unattended for too long. Along with whatever you keep in your garage, your car has many components that can malfunction and start a fire too.
Improve Fire Protection Measures
If a garage fire breaks out, you need to know about it. After all, a fire in the garage can be just as dangerous as a fire in your kitchen or laundry room. Equipd your smoke alarms with fresh batteries. Although they aren’t as common as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, you can also choose to install a heat alarm. Other homeowners tend to pair heat alarms with smoke alarms; even though the presence of heat doesn’t always indicate a fire, smoke might. You can never be too careful.
Upgrade Your Garage Door
One last recommendation we have for you is to upgrade your garage door. Depending on the age of your home, your existing garage door might be out of date. Consider the last time you completed renovations on your house; chances are, the garage was left out of the process. Ensure that your upgraded garage door is properly rated for the following:
- Heat resistance
- Fire resistance
- Automatic closing in case of emergency
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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