For many people, their garage is home to a wide assortment of things. Some tools, heavy machinery, boxes of odds and ends, chemicals, bicycles, and vehicles may all call your garage their home. When you are trying to organize your belongings in your garage, there are certain safety measures that should be taken. There are accidents every year that happen in garages across the country. AAA Action Doors would like to share some safety tips to keep your garage a safe place to be.
1. Proper Ways of Storing Household Chemicals
It is a safe bet, that if you have a garage, it houses several types of chemicals. These could include pesticides, fertilizers, paint and paint thinners, and even gasoline. These are all toxic if consumed. They should be properly stored in a cabinet that can be locked to keep them away from children and pets. You should never store gasoline next to water heaters, as it can become a fire hazard.
2. Garage Tool Storage Ideas
If you don’t have a specific place to store your tools, and they are littered around the garage, they can end up hurting someone. There are many people that don’t understand how to use tools, and that they can be dangerous. When tools have a specific place to store them, they are less likely to be involved in an accident. This is especially true for power tools.
3. Clean Up Oil & Other Spills in Garage
The many liquids that are stored in your garage, are at one point or another, going to spill. Your car may start leaking oil or other fluids. When this happens, you shouldn’t wait to clean them up. Not only will they stain the concrete, but they are a slipping hazard. The best way to clean up oil spills is to cover them with sand and allow the sand to soak up any excess oil left on the surface of the concrete, before you start cleaning.
4. Ladder Storage Ideas for Garages
When your ladder is left in a standing position and not stored properly, it not only can fall on one of your vehicles causing unnecessary damage, but can easily be climbed. You wouldn’t want a child to start climbing the ladder and have it fall on them. Ladders should be stored in a horizontal position to avoid any safety risks.
5. Regular Garage Door Maintenance
You may not realize this, but if your garage door isn’t maintained, it poses a huge safety risk. The working parts of your garage door opener can become a safety issue if they aren’t working properly, particularly the garage door springs, or if you try to fix them and don’t know what you are doing. Not only are their working parts dangerous, but the door itself is very heavy and can easily crush somebody. The sensors need to be checked to make sure they will alert the garage door when something or someone is in the way. The electrical wiring of your garage door opener should be checked regularly to avoid any fire risks as well.