Homeowners, Are You Aware of These Garage Dangers?

These garage dangers are commonly overlooked by homeowners.

If you’re anything like us, your garage will be full to the brim of gardening tools, older furniture, sports equipment, paint cans, overflow artwork, bikes, and more. Even though you may use the garage as the ‘spare room’ of the house, it’s important that you know how to protect it properly. Commonly overlooked are garage dangers that leave homeowners struggling if left unresolved. To keep your garage organized and safe from thieves, check out these tips.

Remove the clutter. It’s the task you’ve been avoiding for years – cleaning out the garage. To make it easier, separate items into categories (auto supplies, lawn, holiday decorations, sports equipment, etc.) and store all similar items together. Once you’ve established your core groups of categories, trash, donate, or sell the items that you don’t need or use.

Reduce fire hazards. Combustible chemicals such as fertilizer, paint thinner, pesticides, and gasoline are commonly stored in the garage – and are all fire hazards. Always follow disposal instructions on product labels and get rid of old materials that are gathering dust or have expired. Better yet, keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case it all goes wrong.

Steer clear from carbon monoxide fumes. In attached garages, fumes from vehicle exhaust can build up quickly and seep inside your home. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and unless you have an alarm, you won’t know it’s there. Remember that it’s never safe to leave a vehicle running while parked in the garage, even if the garage door is open!

Lock it up. Garage doors can easily provide entry points for burglars. Never leave your door open after you leave the house, and lock it immediately, even if you’re going back in later. Installing motion sensor lights above your garage door can help to deter a nighttime burglar.

Garage safety is easily accomplished with a few easy steps! More so, auto insurance is there to protect your vehicle in many situations. For a reliable auto insurance policy to suit your needs, contact Humble & Davenport Insurance, serving Renton and neighboring cities in Washington!

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