Did you know that statistics show that severe injuries and death from garage accidents are increasing? Unfortunately there are some serious dangers lurking in your garage that you may not be aware of. You can prevent these accidents from occurring by being proactive and preventative. Just by taking a few safety measures, you can ensure you and your loved ones are protected.

Top 5 Dangers Found in Garages

Fire Safety Hazards

Do not store flammable items such as gasoline, kerosene,fertilizers, propane tanks, etc in your garage. All of these could potentially start a fire. Keep items such as these things in a outdoor shed far enough away from your home and in proper containers. Also be aware if gas should leak from your car and fix this problem immediately to avoid danger. Keep a fire extinguisher in your garage in the case of an emergency.

Chemical Dangers

Don’t risk chemical injuries or spills by keeping items stored unsafely in your garage such as antifreeze, paint thinner, car fluids, etc. There is always potential they could be knocked over and cause burns, poisoning or worse. Dangerous fumes can escape chemical containers as well and be very harmful. Keep these items out of the reach of children and in a cabinet locked up or secured. Make sure they are in their proper container and labeled, sealed tightly.

Carbon Monoxide

Do not under any circumstance warm your car up in the garage. Even if you keep your garage door open it create dangerous fumes. Always turn your car off before your shut your garage door and never use a generator or equipment that uses gas in your garage. The danger of carbon monoxide is that it cannot be smelled or seen, so be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector somewhere close to your garage.

Unorganized Clutter

It is easy for many to use their garage as a storage space. Unfortunately too much clutter and unorganized items can be harmful. Tripping on objects or falling items can cause injury. Create a plan to organize your garage using shelves, cabinets or wall hangings. If you find you have too much stuff, consider having a yard sale.

Easy Access for Theft

Do you sometimes forget to close your garage door when you go to sleep?What about leaving it open for extended periods of time when you are home? Both of these make it easy for thieves to steal items from your garage , or even gain entry to your home if you accidentally leave the door unlocked to your house. Try to be mindful of keeping your garage door closed when you are not keeping an eye on your garage and never ever leave it open when you leave the house.

Keep yourself and your family safe by following these simple tips. Stay on top of your garage to prevent these dangers. ServiceMaster Restoration is available to you 365 days a year, 7 days a week should you need our services. We offer the best in restoration services. We work hard to offer you peace of mind. Give us a call today at 704-527-1151.