Garage fires spread farther and cause more damage than fires that start elsewhere in the home, according to FEMA.
Garages are often full of paints, solvents and other chemicals that fuel a flame. Additionally, they are generally home to tools and large appliances that can generate heat and ignite a fire.
Help prevent fires (and slow their spread if one occurs) by making safe choices:
Step one: Charge safely
Garage fires are most often caused by electrical faults, usually due to damaged wiring, short circuits and overloaded circuits. When charging tools, only plug one tool into one outlet at a time. Check your extension cords for damage before use, and never use an extension cord as a long-term power source.
Step Two: Store Safely
If you can, store oils, gasoline and varnish in a shed in the backyard, away from your home. If not, make sure these items are stored away from appliances and utility chargers. Also, don̵
Step Three: Install a heat detector
Fire alarms are not designed for use in garages. Instead, install a heat detector that alerts you when the ambient temperature reaches a certain point, indicating a fire.
Step Four: Upgrade the build
For attached garages, install a 20-minute fire-rated door between the garage and the house. Cover the wall that attaches to your home with ½-inch drywall. Do the same to the roof if you have living space above the garage.
And as always, it’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in your garage, preferably near an exit door.
This article is provided by SECURA Insurance Companies, a Bolder Insurance partner.