What You Should Always and Never Have in the Garage
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Think about this: right now, you probably have something in your garage that really shouldn’t be there.
While it’s a fine place to keep your garden tools, bikes and car equipment, there are some things that are a possible hazard if stored in the garage’s uncontrolled environment.
Then think about this: there are essential items that you probably don’t have in your garage right now.
Here are a few items you should always have in the garage.
Garage Door Battery Backup
Make sure your family is prepared under any circumstance, whether it’s a power outage or a storm. Install a backup power source or products that have backup capabilities built in, so that your daily routine isn’t disrupted.
To maintain access in and out of your home, install a garage door opener with a battery backup system so you can still park your vehicle, reach stored items and access your home.
If a storm, traffic accident or another incident knocks out power to your house, flashlights can provide light until your electricity returns. Do not rely on a single flashlight to illuminate your home. Keep three or four flashlights in your garage, along with a few packs of batteries. Flashlights are safer than candles and easy for children to use.
Every house should have at least one fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. If a kitchen fire occurs or if an electric heater sparks a fire, an extinguisher can put out the flame immediately.
Even if you call 9-1-1 at the first sight of a fire, it can take emergency response teams several minutes to reach your home. Without a fire extinguisher, your home may sustain major damage.
Bag of Salt
Some areas receive frequent snow and ice during the winter months. If these conditions are common in your region, keep a few bags of salt in your garage.
In the event of a snow or ice storm, sprinkle the salt in your driveway, on your porch and along walkways on your property. Salt functions as a de-icer to keep these paths safe for you and your family.
Whether it's homemade preserves, pickles or all those cans of diced fruits you bought on sale, it is best not to store food in the garage. The FDA’s guide on food safety says that to keep things from spoiling, you should keep your goods in a stable cool and dry environment.
Opened bags of pet food are an open invitation for mice and other unwelcome rodents. Mice can easily chew through the paper to get to the treats inside. Keep dry pet food in airtight containers stored in your pantry.
Refrigerators are designed to work best at 67 to 77 degrees F. At high temperatures, your fridge will run constantly, jacking up your energy bill and it’s guaranteed to sweat when the humidity goes up.
Propane tanks for your grill or camp stoves should never cross your doorway—not even into the garage. If propane leaks into an unventilated area, the gas in the air could become ignited, say, when you start your car. Always keep them outdoors.
For additional information on garage safety, visit www.LiftMaster.com/About-LiftMaster/Safety.