An Interesting Fact that's probably as true in Mountain Home Idaho as anywhere else. Did you know that nearly 1/4 of all fatal home fires begin in the garage? These fires are especially deadly because they spread quickly and are well underway before occupants are alerted to the blaze.
Gas Cans, fumes from spills and leaks plus the inevitable collection of rags and boxes provide a ready fuel supply. (Technical note: Those propane cylinders for the family bbq stored in the garage fall outside of the fuel category and into that of explosives.)
The Typical Garage also provides several ignition sources from "home brew" electrical wiring to light bulbs that are of higher wattages than the fixture is rated for.
The Substantial Costs of a garage fire become even more significant when the loss of the vehicles that went up in noisy bangs is added in.
Fortunately, preventative measures are simple and inexpensive.
- Don't smoke in the garage - discarded cigarette butts and matches are a major source of these fires. Cost $0.
- Mount a fire extinguisher near (and preferably inside) the passage door between the dwelling and the garage. Cost - $20
- Install a garage specific smoke detector that will be certain to alert you to the fire. Cost - $20.
- Oh, did I mention, unless you want to rattle windows across town, don't store propane cylinders in the garage? Cost - $0.
See, just $40 and a little bit of housekeeping and you've just reduced the possibility of serious fire in your home fire by 25%. Everything should be so easy!
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