Vehicle-Related Garage Safety Measures

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Garages have been converted into bedrooms, home theaters, home offices and or simply a storage room.

Others just choose to use the garage for traditional reasons, like car safekeeping.

Regardless of your garage size and style, there are still precautions and safety checks that homeowners need to undergo.  Aside from making sure you’ve got the appropriate tools for your task, guarantee that your surroundings are safe to work in.

Get down and dirty as much as you want while you work on your automobile with these tips in mind:

 

Fire Hazards

Disconnect power tools and distance flammables from car. Avoid storing gasoline, flammable liquids, oily papers and rags, fertilizer, paint thinner or pesticides out in the open.

Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and make sure everyone knows how it functions should a fire start.

As much as possible, reduce the use of floor coverings such as rugs or pieces of cardboard. These usually catch dripping fluids which eventually accumulate and make it vulnerable to fire. Bring it anywhere near a flame and you’ve got yourself a combustion.

Also refrain from smoking and organizing a cookout or barbecue near or inside your garage.

 

Basic Precautions

Provide enough space for you to do car handiwork inside the garage. Always wear eye protection if you’re going to use tools or work under the vehicle. You can also opt to work outside, on the driveway, where nothing is blocking your way and the lighting ample. Your work area should be well-lit (no matter the time of day) and light bulbs enclosed within a metal or plastic guard in case it gets hit by tools.

Lock your car doors, even if you’re going to be at home all day. Some toddlers who aspire to become race car drivers will take any chance they get to hop on the driver’s seat and play pretend. Brakes should be activated once you’re parked, too.

 

Proper and Adequate Ventilation

Although car exhaust has gotten “cleaner” over the years, dangerous components like carbon monoxide can still be toxic. So, as much as possible avoid running the car inside the car for too long. If you must, keep your garage door open while you do.  As long as your windows are clear and not frosty during winter, there’s no need to run your car for a lengthy period.

Carbon monoxide fumes can make their way inside your homes, leaving family members short of breath and feeling lightheaded. Take breaks in between and avoid working for long periods of time in an enclosed carbon-monoxide infused space.

While installing a carbon monoxide detector indoors can warn you, it does little to reduce and prevent the amount of CO entering your home.

Upon leaving, wait until all the doors are closed and everyone’s inside the car to start the vehicle.

 

Garage Doors

Whether your garage doors are manual or automatic, they’re made out of heavy material and can easily cause severe injuries if it malfunctions. Either choose to work on your car with it parked all the way in, or back out completely onto the driveway – never work with the car parked below the open garage doors.

Invest in doors that automatically retreat back if it comes crashing down and in contact with an object. Or maybe it’s just time for the garage doors to be replaced.

 

Burglars

Always allow your garage door to close all the way before completely backing out the driveway onto the street. Lock the connecting door that leads from the garage into the home, contrary to popular belief, relying on the garage doors to keep out burglars is not enough. Thieves are also experts at locating “hidden” keys in the most obvious places, so change up your safekeeping routine. Not having any windows, or getting them tinted, on your garage doors make it harder for thieves to break in the garage by pulling the emergency latch.

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As one of the most common entry for break-ins, make sure your home security system is up to date and accurate. Garages are home to almost half of domestic accidents. Whether you’re a typical homeowner, a garage junkie or a “man cave” dweller going the extra mile when it comes to safety is worth the effort.

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