Safety First: Tips to Help Keep Your Garage Fire-Free

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Safely Store Flammable Items

To avoid garage fires, it's essential to take a proactive approach and stay on top of maintenance tasks. Here are some helpful tips to protect your garage:

1. Safely Store Flammable Items
Make sure to store flammable liquids such as gasoline, paint thinners, and solvents in sealed containers in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources and electrical appliances. Consider using a designated flammable storage cabinet for an extra layer of safety.

2. Maintain Electrical Systems
Regularly inspect the condition of electrical wiring, outlets, and appliances in the garage to prevent overloads. Address any issues such as frayed wires or overheating promptly by consulting a qualified electrician.

3. Handle Power Tools with Care
Use power tools in the garage cautiously, ensuring they are kept away from flammable materials and adequately ventilated. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for safe operation and maintenance and avoid using tools with damaged components.

4. Keep the Garage Organized
Regularly tidy up the garage floor and workspaces to remove combustible materials. Keep trash cans and recycling bins away from heat sources and avoid storing items close to walls or electrical outlets to reduce fire hazards.

5. Install Fire Safety Equipment
Outfit your garage with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, testing them regularly to ensure they are in working order. Consider installing a heat detector suitable for environments with dust or fumes.

6. Practice Safe Storage Practices
Store propane tanks and other flammable materials outside in a well-ventilated space, away from the garage. Securely store items such as paper and fabric to prevent accidents.

7. Be Mindful of Smoking and Open Flames
Avoid smoking in the garage to minimize the risk of igniting flammable materials. Keep matches, lighters, and open flames out of reach of children and pets and perform tasks involving torches or open flames in a well-ventilated area.

Bonus tip: Always allow your lawnmower to cool down before storing it back in your garage. Avoid putting a hot lawnmower away to prevent any potential fire hazards.

By following these tips and maintaining good safety habits, you can help reduce the likelihood of garage fires and ensure the safety of your property and loved ones.


The information presented in this document is for informational and educational purposes only. It is intended to assist individuals, farmers, and business owners in identifying common hazards/risks and considering proactive loss prevention or loss mitigation actions. For information related to specific loss hazards, please contact your insurance agent.

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