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9 Top Garage Electrical Safety Hazards: Look for These Safety Issues

Protect you family and home with these easy safety tips.

Many of us think the garage isn’t part of the home. The reality is we should consider the safety of how we look at the garage. Garages are definitely one of the most overlooked locations by homeowners when it comes to safety areas around the home.

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Home Safety in The Garage

Since many homeowners consider the garage more of a separate area of the home. Since garages are common storage areas for flammable materials such as gasoline and paint cleaners, and so they are really vulnerable areas. We also pile junk up in the garage and that that doesn’t lend itself to the cleanliness found inside our homes. But it’s central to think of the garage as a vital part of your home that’s potentially dangerous if proper care isn’t taken.

Faulty electrical systems and wiring

The U.S. Fire Administration identified electrical failures as the foremost cause of fires in the garage fires. Garage fires can be very dangerous because they spread quickly with flammable materials.

If you have an older home, older homes are more prone to electrical problems. Aged electrical wiring can also deteriorate over longer periods of time because of our weather. Changing temperatures, snow, low humidity, rodents are just some of the issues that occur in garages. We highly recommend having an electrician review you existing electrical systems if you have an older home. If you are in Summit or Eagle Counties, the weather is very extreme.

 

Related electrical issues can occur in the garage.

  1. Critical circuits that are old and faulty
  2. Electrical outlets overloaded with power requirements
  3. Wrong size or damaged extension cords
  4. Wrong size light bulbs
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More Red Flags for Garage Issues 

 

Rodent droppings

With long winters, rodents often to chew on electrical wiring creating frayed or damaged wiring, Rodent droppings are sure signs of activity. Look around electrical fixtures for signs of damage

Broken light switches and loose outlets 

Check outlets and switches to be sure wiring is tight. A loose outlet creates the potential for electrical shock.

Hot ceiling fixtures 

Ensure to check the area around your ceiling fixtures for heat. Damaged insulation and exceeding lightbulb fixture wattages can become safety hazards.

Unfamiliar Odors

If you notice any smells that are unusual from new or old appliances, unplug and check for any issues. Appliances can emit odors when new, but should subside.  If the wiring in your electrical system is heating up enough to melt its plastic covering, you’re likely facing an immediate risk of fire.

Warm or sparking outlets and switches

If your light switches are warm to the touch you should call a professional electrician immediately to see if your outlet wiring needs repairs. Immediately unplug any cords and do not use the outlet until you can troubleshoot the issue

Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires in the Garage

  • Inspect all electrical components
  • Hire a professional home inspector to assess if your walls are fire-rated
  • Remove flammable materials and store properly
  • Keep your floors clean and without clutter (towels, rags, boxes, etc.)
  • Organize loose cords, cables and wires
  • Properly store flammable liquids
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy

 

Garage fires do unfortunately occur, but being aware of fire safety is also about fire prevention. Make sure to take the proper precautions that can protect your home and garage from the threat of electrical fires or other types of fires. Remember, getting a professional home inspector will be the best way to go for ensuring the safety of your home.

 

Most of all, remember, we’re here for you! Be sure to schedule your inspection today!

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