Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of Cleveland has assisted many homeowners with the design and structure of usable space in the garage. While doing so, we have helped many customers with their concerns about potential dangers in this otherwise family-friendly zone of the home.
These are dangers in your garage that you need to be aware of:
1. Dangerous Fumes
Carbon monoxide is an incredibly deadly gas that can flow into your house through an attached garage. Usually, the culprit is a lawnmower or gas furnace, but the fumes can also come from a car you leave running for too long.
Even when garage doors are left open, the fumes can become dangerous. This is why it is important to have carbon monoxide detectors with alarms in your home.
2. Fire Hazards
Flammable items in your garage (such as fuel cans, aerosol paints, and other combustible chemicals needed for home maintenance) can be the source of a house fire. It is important to keep these items away from sparks and intense heat. All hazardous materials should be properly labeled, and you should have a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
3. Unlocked Entry Doors
It is very tempting to keep the door between your attached garage and your house unlocked for easy entry when you come home. But if you can enter easily, so can a burglar if he makes his way into your garage. It takes only a few seconds to turn a deadbolt with your key while enjoying a more secure barrier for your family and belongings.
4.Temptations for Children
Push buttons and clickers are great fun for kids. That being said, they often do not know how to use them safely in regards to garage doors. Always be vigilant in keeping children safe from the hazards of opening and closing garage doors.
Intense storms and high winds have caused many garage doors to give way and cause damage to the attached house. It is often not a good idea to use your garage as a waiting area during such dangerous times. Garage doors, while quite sturdy, are not built with the same materials as the walls in houses.
They should not be depended upon when you are trying to protect your family from items being blown about by wind and rain.
6. Troubling Clutter
The organization of items in your garage is actually one of the most important tasks you can accomplish. Proper shelving, containers, spacing, and labeling will help you know where everything is. It will also reduce tripping hazards and injuries that could be inflicted by unknown sharp tools or loose items that could fall from overhead.
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Your garage can be a safe haven for all those things needing protection from the elements. It needs to also be a safe place for people to enjoy. With a little help from your friends at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of the Bay Area, you can appreciate the peace of mind you seek.