A SPRING STORAGE CHECK CAN NEVER BE TOO EARLY
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Now that the snow is melting and temperatures are rising, it’s a good idea to begin cleaning and decluttering your garage. At least, be aware of what you are storing in your garage that needs a place outside or should be placed somewhere else. There are few things you will want to remove before the heat wave comes:
Flammable & Combustible Liquids (Vapors)
- Solvents (paint thinners)
- Lighter Fluid
Flammable & Combustible Materials
- Rags covered in thinners
- Oily Rags
Hot Temperature Indicators
- Fumes are visible
What if you can’t find a place other than your garage to store flammable & combustible liquids?
Keep solvents, lighter fluid, gasoline, etc. out of direct sunlight and reduce their exposure to hotter temperatures. It is equally important to store them in approved containers that are specifically made for the product.
There are a few ways to store and dispose of rags covered in thinners and oils. One way is to spread out and flatten the rags outside to dry for 24 hours at a temperature above 40 degrees. Another option is to thoroughly wash them with water and detergent. Continue washing them until all the oil and thinner is removed. Lastly, remove from warmer areas to prevent combustion.
Where in the garage is the best place to store flammable & combustible liquids?
Do your best to keep flammable materials away from ignition sources such as your car, sparks from power tools, your water heater and other objects that produce flames and heat.
The best thing you for you, your family and your neighbors is to keep the garage decluttered. Don’t allow junk to collect. The less cluttered your garage is, you can identify safety hazards at a glance instead of worrying about one part of the garage catching fire.
To be able to find places for storage in your garage, you may need to part with some of unused or damaged possessions. Simplify things by considering these ideas:
- Having a garage or yard sale
- Selling items on eBay, craigslist, or local garage sale sites
- Donate to local charities
- Give to friends & family
- Throwing it away
Once your garage is safe from hazardous materials and you have determined what will be stored in your garage, what will you do with what’s left?
Your garage can become an oven during the day and a refrigerator at night depending on your location. Garages with direct sunlight can get up to 100 degrees during spring and summer. You will find that the rising temps can create a dangerous place to store your belongings. Consider installing shelving to lift things off the floor and organize commonly used items for quick access. Cabinets are also a great way to shade items from direct sunlight and hide things unsightly or dangerous items.
These are just a few options to consider when you are looking for a way to keep your garage safe and organized. We hope this is your best season yet!