Attached Garage Fire Hazards

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The purpose of this article is two fold. First, at Der Hous Inspector, we'd like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below.

 Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we'd like you to make sure that a fire cannot not easily spread to the rest of your house. While you can perform many of the recommendations in this article yourself, it is a good idea to hire an InterNACHI inspector to make sure your home is safe from a garage fire.  

Why do many garages pose a fire hazard?

  • Where are you most likely to do any welding, or any work on your car? These activities require working with all sorts of flammable materials.
  • Water heaters and boilers are usually stored in garages, and they can create sparks that may ignite fumes or fluids. Car batteries, too, will spark under certain conditions.
  • Oil and gasoline can drip from cars. These fluids may collect unnoticed and eventually ignite, given the proper conditions.
  • Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, motor oil and paint are commonly stored in garages. Some other examples are brake fluid, varnish, paint thinner and lighter fluid.

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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Actually, all of the inspectors in my area seem to be concentrating on this now...  Good post!

May 14, 2010 06:30 AM #1
Chelsea Bryant
Crye-Leike Realtors - Clarksville, TN

Good post...something that totally makes sense, but you just don't realize it's such a fire hazard.


May 14, 2010 06:43 AM #2
Der Hous Inspector LLC
Der Hous Inspector - Moose Jaw, SK
Certified Master Inspector CMI

Thanks for the comments,

Make yours a Great Day!

May 15, 2010 01:17 AM #3
Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Good post.  I often comment on damaged drywall in walls opposite the interior. This is primarilly due to vehicle impact.  Recommend repairing to restore the fire-separation.

May 16, 2010 02:24 AM #4
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