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Attached Garages and Fire Hazards

March 14, 2024

Minimize Fire Risks in Your Attached Garage

Having an attached garage can pose fire hazards to your home, as highlighted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), stating that fires that start in attached garages tend to be larger and spread farther than fires that start in other areas of a home. However, there are measures you can implement to minimize the risk of fire outbreaks in your attached garage.

Fire-Rated Barriers and Self-Closing Doors

One crucial step in reducing the risk of a garage fire is ensuring the presence of fire-rated walls and ceilings. These structures are designed to resist the spread of fire, allowing you and your family valuable time to evacuate safely in case of an emergency. If there’s a door connecting your garage to your home, ensure it is fire-rated and self-closing to prevent fire from spreading into your living space.

Safe Storage of Flammables & Proper Wiring

Proper storage of flammable materials is another essential safety measure. Store these items in a cool, dry location away from potential ignition sources, in their original containers, and clearly labeled. Furthermore, ensure that your garage’s electrical wiring and appliances adhere to safety codes and are correctly installed to prevent electrical fires.

Maintaining a Clean and Organized Space

It’s also important to maintain a clean garage environment and promptly dispose of any clutter or trash that could ignite a fire.

Install Heat Detectors

It’s not recommended to install smoke detectors in garages as they are triggered by combustion engines like those found in cars or lawnmowers. A better alternative is to install heat detectors that react only to significant temperature increases. Heat detectors can be wired to activate interconnected alarms within the house, providing a fire safety system. While not mandated by building codes, heat detectors can serve as a valuable safety measure for garages.

Importance of Professional Inspections

In addition to these safety tips, it’s highly recommended to have your home and garage inspected by a professional inspection company. They can identify and address any potential fire hazards, assess the integrity of your walls, ceiling, and doors to ensure they are fire-resistant, and offer recommendations to help mitigate risks effectively.

Prioritize Safety: Schedule an Inspection Today!

Ensuring that your home is up to code is essential for fire safety, particularly for attached garages. By adhering to the safety measures above and scheduling a professional home inspection, you can significantly reduce the risk of fire hazards and prioritize the safety of your family and property. Schedule your inspection today!