In most households, the garage serves as the holdall for broken and unwanted items, pet supplies, bicycles and helmets, tools, and of course your cars. Some items stashed in the garage are very toxic, however, and should be placed somewhere else. Below, we’ll list items you should not store in your garage.
Which items should not be stored in a garage?
The garage is part of your house and it should be maintained. Broadly speaking, items that are toxic and flammable that you would not store in the rooms of your house should not be stored in your garage either.
Are there any chemicals in your garage?
Leftover paint, paint thinners, auto fluids, pool products and pesticides are some of the chemicals that are often stashed in the garage. Such chemicals are dangerous for young children and pets. They may also have toxins.
It is best to store such items in their original, tight fitting containers in a lockable cabinet or high shelf. A clean-out where expired items are thrown out should also be done often.
Are there flammable floor coverings in your garage?
It is a hazard to have a rug, cardboard or tarp under the car. These are often placed under a car to catch auto drips. Remove them because they would go up in flames if gasoline was to get on them. Use strong, specialized cleaners to remove auto oil spill.
Where do you store your propane tank?
This is another item that is often stashed in the garage. You can store your grill in the garage but this should be after you have removed the propane tank. It is a fire hazard that should be stored no less than a good 10 feet from your house. A propane tank has a freezing point of 300 degrees. This means that it can safely be stored outside throughout the year even in the coldest of places.
Do you store any kind of food in your garage?
If you prefer to buy food items in bulk, you may run out of storage space in the home and opt to make use of the cabinets or shelves in the garage. Whether it is for human or pet consumption, nothing edible should be stored in a garage if you have chemicals in your garage. This includes wine.
Food items can mix other chemicals such as anti-freeze which can kill a pet. Fumes from some chemicals can also get mixed in with food items. If you do store food in your garage, be sure to keep it in a refrigerator or freezer.
Anything else I should keep out of my garage?
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