Fireproofing is an essential task for any home or business; it’s necessary to ensure that your property, and all those inside, are protected from the risk of deadly fires. Here’s a guide to the basics of garage fireproofing, as prepared by the garage door installation and maintenance experts here at Los Angeles Garage Door and Gates.
Getting Wiring Inspected
Make sure to get professionals to inspect potentially faulty wiring, as electrical fires can suddenly happen when there’s nobody around to notice, causing potential danger.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – with New Batteries
Make sure to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in place at your garage, all with fresh batteries. If a fire starts in your garage when you’re asleep it can quickly prove deadly – so make sure that you will be notified by a blaring alarm if this situation ever occurs.
We recommend having a fire/smoke sensing sprinkler system installed in your garage – just make sure it’s fully connected and functional.
Try to remove as much flammable clutter from your garage – like books and newspaper scraps – as this can prove to be fuel for a growing fire. Large tools or equipment can make it harder to evacuate garages or to suppress growing fires. Instead, get fire proof or fire resistant storage bins to consolidate the clutter and make the garage less of a fire hazard.
Store Flammable and Combustible Material
Make sure that all combustible material like oil, lighter fluid, paint, and gas is properly sealed and stored – as even gas or vapor escaping from these can make a garage explode from a simple spark. Store these materials in clearly marked, fire coded, sealed, and durable containers, far away from any sources of heat like furnaces, heaters, direct sunlight, or even warm operating appliances.