Lately, we have seen an above average number of fires started in garages. The garage is a common place for a fire to start but there are several things you can do to help prevent a fire from starting in your garage and spreading to the rest of the house:
1. Make sure all hot coals from grills or fireplaces are placed in a metal can and outside away from the house.
2. Make sure to have at least a 3 foot clearance between all heaters and combustible items, so these items are not ignited by the heater.
3. Store flammable and combustible liquids (i.e. gasoline) in a properly designed container made for the specific product. If possible store these items in an outside shed away from the house.
4. Store oil soaked rags in a metal container outside of the house. These rags can spontaneously ignite, starting a fire.
5. Keep your garage clear of clutter as much as possible.
6. Unplug extension cords and other temporary electrical sources when not in use.
7. Never run a car, generator or other gas-powered engine in a garage, always use these outside away from the house because of the risk of carbon monoxide entering into the house.