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Top Hidden Dangers in Your Garage

Hidden Garage Dangers

Are these hazards lurking in your garage?

Garages seem to accumulate stuff no matter how diligent you are about keeping it organized. Among some of the clutter, hidden dangers may be lurking in the dark or even right out in the open. Be aware of these dangers that may be lurking in your garage.

Fire Hazards

More often than not, a garage is full of items that are combustible. Gasoline, paint thinner, greasy rags, wood, and sawdust are all items that can be potential fire hazards. Keeping these items stored safely away from heat sources is key to helping prevent fires.

Unwelcome Guests

There are many critters that like to invade garages, such as mice, squirrels, raccoons, bugs, and spiders. Avoid getting these unwelcome guests in your garage by closing up holes and cracks that allow them into the garage, and always keep the door closed and locked. Don’t leave food, drink, and open trash exposed. If you do have a family of squirrels or a nest of spiders, it’s time to call professional help to remove and release them back into the wild.

Carbon Monoxide

This gas is incredibly deadly: it’s odorless, colorless, invisible, and deadly in high quantities. Running vehicles emit carbon monoxide, so never leave the car running in the garage, even with the garage door open. Examine your barbecue and furnace, too, to ensure that they are not leaking CO.

Pet Hazards

A garage can be a field day for any pet! Unfortunately, storing dangerous items like antifreeze, weed killer, and oils for the car can prove deadly. Keep all hazardous products out of reach of children and pets, preferably locked away in a safe cupboard.

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