Gone are the days when garages were simply used as parking areas and otherwise ignored. Nowadays, residential spaces have become more costly so garages tend to be used for a wider range of purposes, such as workshops, exercise rooms and entertainment centres. As garages become more multi-functional, safety becomes more important. Keeping this reality in mind, here are some tips to consider:
- Ensure all working and walking areas are well lit, and use storage/shelving to keep spaces safe and clutter-free.
- Clean up spills, oily spots, sawdust, wood chips and other combustibles immediately.
- Avoid storage, traffic or activity near heaters and garage-door opener wires, cables, springs, doors, etc.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Never barbecue inside your garage, or store propane tanks indoors.
- Don’t leave your garage-door remote control device in an unlocked car – especially if it provides access to your house.