How YOU can protect your home from fire hazards in your garage

How YOU can protect your home from fire hazards in your garage from Paul Davis Restoration of Ann Arbor

By: Paul Davis Restoration of Ann Arbor  07/25/2014
Keywords: Fire Safety, Fire Restoration, Smoke Damage Restoration

About five percent of all fires in one and two family residences originated in the garage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration statistics from 2007-2009. Although that number may seem low, when fires originate in the garage, because of the contents involved, those fires may present greater challenges for firefighters when extinguishing. Fires originating in the garage may also take homeowners longer to detect, thus growing larger than a fire that originates in other areas of the home. When considering the potential dangers of fires beginning in the garage, there are two safety routes homeowners should consider. First, how to prevent fires from beginning in the garage in the first place and secondly, how to prevent a garage fire from spreading to the rest of the house. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to protect your garage and your home from the potential dangers of a house fire. How Can I Keep My Garage From Being a Fire Hazard? *Use light bulbs with proper wattage. *Store all flammable liquids in clearly labeled, self-closing containers in small amounts and keep them away from heaters, appliances, pilot lights and other sources of heat or flame (gasoline, motor oil, paint, brake fluid, varnish, paint thinner and lighter fluid). *Tape down all cords and wires so they are not twisted or accidentally yanked. *Never store propane tanks indoors. If they catch fire, they can explode. Propane tanks are sturdy enough to be stored outdoors. *Regularly service water heaters and boilers that are kept in the garage. They can create sparks that may ignite fumes or fluids. *Keep in mind that car batteries will spark under certain conditions and this poses a bigger risk for fire. Move service work to outside driveway for optimal safety. * If you work on cars, oil and gasoline can drip, collect and eventually ignite under proper conditions. Keep all fluids wiped up promptly. * Make sure your garage walls and ceiling are fire-rated. This will probably require the assistance of an expert trained in the field. In addition to properly securing your garage safely, it is important to take additional precautions to prevent garage fires from spreading to your home. How to Protect My Home From the Hazards of a Garage Fire *If the garage has access to the attic, make sure a hatch covers this access. *Never install a pet door in the door that leads from your garage to your home. Flames can easily spread into the living area through a pet door, especially if it's plastic. *If your garage has a window, check to be sure it is fire-rated. *The door from your garage into your home should be self-closing. Though it may be inconvenient to have this type of door when carrying heavy loads back and forth, you never know when fire could break out and it would be unfortunate if a fire were to break out and the garage door was left open. *Check the entrance from your garage to your home, around the door. Are the joints, spaces and openings tightly sealed? Any opening in the entry way can allow dangerous fumes, such as carbon monoxide or gasoline vapor into your living area. As a homeowner, it is important that you take all the steps you can on your own to help prevent fires from starting in your garage or in your home. However, it is also highly recommended that you have your garage examined occasionally by a professional to be sure it meets fire code regulations. If you have questions on whether your home or garage meets basic safety standards, contact Paul Davis Restoration - Ann Arbor and we will help you get your home properly prepared should fire strike your home or attached garage. Call Paul! 800-550-4042

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