Behind those steel doors are a number of flammable materials that we use in our homes such as paint thinners, gasoline, greasy rags, sawdust, and many more. Aside from that, there are also other sources of heat that can ignite a fire such as furnaces, water heaters, and other tools or appliances that conduct electricity. Keeping your home safe from potential fires lies with making good decisions.In order to stay safe, you have to take precautions to avoid this kind of disaster.
The first step is to establish safe routines. They say that it takes almost a month for a certain task to be called a habit. With this in mind, forming a habit starts with conviction and dedication. You have to remember that your every move counts. Therefore, whatever you decide to do in your residential garage doors should be planned and well-thought of. For example, if you plan on doing one of your DIY projects such as building a new storage space, you need to properly dispose of the sawdust or woodchips, paints and other solvents since these are highly combustible. Make it a routine to always sweep all the remains and properly store highly combustible liquids right after you finish your project.
The second step is to always practice safe storage. Based on the example given above, you need to be able to properly store all of the highly combustible items in order to prevent fires. Remember to always separate the main ingredients of fire which are heat, fuel, and oxygen. Therefore, you have to strategically place all the highly combustible components away from water heaters, furnaces, boilers, space heaters, and other heat conducting contraptions. For example, all spray paints should be stored in a drawer or a cabinet that’s away from any of the heat sources.
The third step is buying the proper safety equipment. With this in mind, it is recommended that owners would have a fire extinguisher properly stored and located near an exit door. Home owners do not have to spend a lot of money in order to ensure the safety of their garage. Buying a simple equipment such as a fire extinguisher would make a huge difference.