At Garage Design Works, we want to remind you that a major part of Orlando garage organization is safety. Safety hazards in your garage are often overlooked; people assume it’s a separate area in the house that doesn’t require as much concern as the rest of the home. Believe it or not, there are fire hazards in your everyday garage organization and clutter. Take the proper care of this space by identifying safety concerns.
Some people use their garage to park their vehicle, while others use it to store items. However you decide to maximize the space’s usefulness, make sure you are not stacking clutter and piling high junk. Doing so will fuel any fire. Manage the clutter with effective garage organization solutions, including garage cabinets, wall systems, overhead storage, and garage floor maintenance.
Faulty wiring is one of the most common safety hazards in garages. According to The U.S. Fire Administration, electrical malfunctions are the leading cause of garage fires. Garage fires spread quickly, especially because they are fueled by flammable materials that are piled up in your garage. Older homes are more prone to electrical problems, so speak to an electrical about any concerns you may have about your electrical system. For example, an outlet sparking whenever you use it. Common electrical issues include:
- Old and faulty electrical circuits
- Overloaded electrical outlets
- Improper usage and storage of cords, specifically extension
- Light bulbs with the wrong wattage
There are many hazardous solvents that are usually stored in garages, including oil, lawn care products, lighter fluid, gas, and paints. If you are not storing these liquids correctly, it can cause a fire, either by surface contact with a leaking combustible liquid or flammable vapors. Store liquids in containers that are marked and/or color-coded, durable, and tightly sealed, and are away from heat sources, such as appliances, direct sunlight, and heaters. If you have a shed, consider storing liquids there. It should have good ventilation.