Preventing Garage Fires
Every year, multitudes of garage fires ignite, which increases the risk of homes subsequently catching fire. This risk is significantly enhanced if the home has an attached garage. As common as they occur, being able to identify the instigators of garage fires will prove imperative in protecting your garage from fire damage. Through this understanding, you can also learn how to prevent fires from starting in your garage in the first place.
Old circuits and overwhelmed outlets can spark or ignite, causing electrical complications that can prove to be dangerous to your home. Nearby combustible items or flammable liquids can also ignite in this situation, increasing the size and severity of the fire. To prevent this from happening, hire an electrician to survey the wiring systems in your garage. In addition, be sure that you’re not using extension cords to bring power to electrical appliances in the garage, as doing so can increase the possibility of further electrical complications. Use wall outlets or hire an electrician to install more outlets instead.
You may look to the garage as a place to store keep discarded items, and while it may seem to be a convenient storage system, a cluttered garage enhances the probability of a fire igniting. Flammable objects sitting idly in your garage can easily catch fire, allowing the fire to grow quickly. Consider cleaning out your garage frequently to prevent this from happening.
Flammable liquids often find their home in garages. These liquids include oil, gasoline, paint, and paint thinner. When in contact with a spark or flame, these liquids can easily ignite, fueling a fire. Keeping flammable liquids in a shed or somewhere that is a good distance away from your home can isolate the fire, preventing it from spreading.