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Oct 25 2012

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Driving Safety Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

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Traffic SignsWith the fall and winter holiday’s fast approaching, many car drivers will soon be taking to our roadways, highways and interstates whether it is for seasonal shopping or a long road trip to visit family and friends. When you’re on the road this holiday season (or anytime) keep these safety tips for car drivers in mind as recommended by the US Department of Transportation.

Buckle up: The most important and easiest safety rule/precaution for all of us to follow is to buckle up. Wearing your seat belt is the best protection you have if involved in a car crash. It will keep you from hitting your head or windshield or dashboard and it will prevent you from being thrown around in the car or even ejected from the vehicle. Likewise, those traveling with small children should follow all car seat laws for young passengers.

Appoint a designated driver: We’ve all heard it a million times, drinking and driving can be a lethal combination. Consumption of alcohol negatively affects a driver’s ability to make coherent and responsible decisions when driving from changing lanes to stopping at a stoplight. When you chose to drink and drive not only are you putting your own life at risk, but you are endangering the lives of others on the road. Be responsible and appoint a designated driver before you head holiday party or family gathering if you plan to drink alcohol.

Avoiding cutting other drivers off: Cutting other drivers off on the road can create an emergency breaking situation for other cars around you which can sometimes result in a serious or even fatal accident for you or another driver. Before you changes lanes, but sure there is plenty of room between and the vehicle behind you by checking your mirrors first.

Be aware of aggressive drivers: When you are on the road, keep an eye out for aggressive drivers. Speeding, cutting other drivers off, changing lanes erratically, and running stop signs and stoplights are just a few of the signs of an aggressive driver. These kinds of behavior can lead to dangerous situations for the aggressive driver and others on the road. Keeping a safe distance away from this drivers will lesson your risk of danger and in extreme circumstances, you could prevent a potential accident by reporting the driver to local law enforcement or the highway patrol.

Be an attentive driver: When you are diving, the safest policy is to focus on the road only. If you need to handle another situation, pull off the road at a rest stop, parking lot, etc., where you can safely handle the situation at hand without putting yourself, your passengers or other drivers in harm’s way. Inattentive drivers can be just as dangerous as aggressive drivers because they are not paying attention to what is happening around them. Driving too slowly, ignoring brake lights and turn signals, texting while driving and talking on a cell phone while on the road are all things that can that inattentive drivers do that often result in emergency braking situations and even accidents for the inattentive driver or others around them on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, it is your duty to know what is going on around you and concentrate on getting to your destination safely.

For more information about these tips and others, please visit the US Department of Transportation and learn about how you can share the road safely.

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Oct 12 2011

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Preventing Home Fires: 6 Fire Prevention Tips

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Fire Prevention WeekIt is Fire Prevention Week. The Garage Plan Shop wants to share six more important tips with you about home fire prevention and fire safety. Practicing these safety tips will decrease the chances of a home fire.

 

1.    Use Electricity Safely: Check all electrical cords in your home and replace any that are cracked, frayed or show signs of other damage. Do the same for extension cords. If an electrical appliance starts to smoke or smells like it is burning, unplug it immediately. Either repair or replace the appliance. Never run cords under rugs and do not overload outlets or extension cords. Fuses and circuit breakers protect you from fire. Do not tamper with the fuse box or use fuses of the improper size.

2.    Matches and Lighters are not for Children: When in the hands of children, matches and lighters can be extremely dangerous. Store them out of reach and out of view from children. Teach children from early on these items are for adults only. If a child finds matches or a lighter, he or she should tell an adult immediately.

3.    Give Space Heaters Room: Give space heaters plenty of room. They should be placed three feet from anything that can catch fire and burn such as paper, clothing, curtains, bedding and furniture. Turn space heaters off when you leave or go to sleep; do not leave them running. Also, keep children and pets away from space heaters to prevent them from getting bumped and toppling over.

4.    Be Careful and Attentive When Cooking: Use the utmost care and attention when cooking. Never leave anything cooking unattended. Keep all cooking areas clear from combustibles including outdoor kitchens and grills. Turn handles of pots and pans inward one the stove to keep them out or reach of children and prevent someone from bumping the handle and knocking the pot or pan off the stove.

5.    Cool a Burn: If someone should get burned, immediately place the wound in cool water for 15-20 minutes to relieve the burning sensation and pain. If the burn blisters, chars or becomes an open wound, seek medical attention right away. 

6.    Learn and Practice Candle Safety: Though candles smell nice and look pretty, they are becoming a growing household hazard when home fires are considered. Use common sense with lit candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended in any room in the house, even if you are in the next room. Do not burn candles when you go to bed or leave your home. Never place a lit candle near combustibles such as clothing, paper, curtains or bedding. Lit candles should be placed out of reach of children. Do not burn candles in low places or on unsteady surfaces like the coffee table or end tables where they can easily be knocked over by people or pets.

 

Even though Fire Prevention Week will be over soon, it is important to practice these safety tips year round in an effort to prevent a fire in your home.

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Oct 05 2011

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Reduce the Risk of Deer-Car Collisions this Fall – The Garage Plan Shop

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Deer Crossing SignRecently, American Family Insurance (AmFam) posted an article on their website about deer-car collisions. The point is simple. Fall is the season when deer are most active because it is the breeding season. Because the deer are more active, motorists are more likely to encounter deer on roads and highways. All too often, these encounters result in serious auto accidents. Not only do these traffic accidents cost millions of dollars annually but they often result in injury and sometimes even death. AmFam is spreading the word about safe driving during this time of the year. Being attentive and knowing how deer behave may just help you avoid a deer-car collision the next time you are on the road.  Check out this article from AmFam for safe driving tips when encounters with deer on and along roadways are concerned.

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Jul 27 2011

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The Garage Plan Shop - Quick Tips for Garage Safety

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Garage Plan 047G-0004Weather you have an attached or detached garage, there are many things you can do to be safe inside and around the garage. From ensuring your own personal health and safety and that of others to protecting what is stored inside the garage, these tips from The Garage Plan Shop will help you practice garage safety:

 

  1. If it isn’t necessary to have your garage door open, keep it closed. An open garage door is an invitation for any passer-by/burglar to have a street view of everything you have inside. If they see something appealing, they might just decide to help themselves when you’re not looking stealing tools, bikes and other valuables. Or, they may watch and wait for you to leave before they strike. And remember, often the things in our garage will provide an indication about what is inside the house turning your garage burglar into a house burglar too.
  2. Keep all windows and doors locked and secured when you’re not inside the garage. An unlocked window or door leaves opportunity for someone to break-in your garage. Lock windows and screens when you don’t need them open and keep the overhead door and any service entries locked when not in use.
  3. Install motion lights outside the perimeter of your garage. If you need to head to the garage late at night or you are coming home late, the motion lights will light your way from the garage to the house or vice-versa. They will also deter burglars. And you’ll appreciate an outside light turning on when you pull in the driveway late at night. Motion lights have an added bonus, the save energy by only coming on where there is motion rather than keeping a light on all night. 
  4. Organize the inside of the garage and keep everything in its place. Not only will this make it easy to find something you are looking for, but it will keep the floor and pathways clear making it easy to walk around in the garage and pull the car inside without risk of tripping over something or driving over something such as a sharp tool or rake that could potentially damage your tires.
  5. Store items such as power tools out of reach or out of sight of children. It is best to keep them locked in a storage closet or cabinet inside the garage, but it you don’t have a place to lock them up, install sturdy shelving units or cabinets and store dangerous power tools and other items that may have your children up and out of reach.
  6. Do not store flammable materials such as paint cans, gasoline containers and lawn fertilizer in your garage, especially if your garage is attached or situated near your home. If your garage catches fire, there is a good chance your house might too. Not only are these items at risk for catching fire, but they also give off hazardous fumes of not sealed and stored properly. These fumes can make their way into your home putting everyone at risk. It is best to store flammable items and other harmful chemicals in a backyard storage shed as far away from the home and garage as possible.
  7. Never let your car run inside the garage with the garage door closed. The build-up of gases and emissions from a running car can cause serious illness and even death. If you need to warm your car up in the winter, back it out of the garage or at least open the garage door all the way to let the harmful gases escape.

 

Following these safety tips will help protect the items you store inside your garage and prevent unnecessary health risks to you and your family.

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Jun 22 2011

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Planning Electrical Wiring for your New Garage, Outbuilding or Carport Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

Electrical PanelWhen building a detached garage plan, shed, outbuilding, barn or carport, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead when it comes to electrical wiring. All of the above mentioned structures are flexible and can be used for of a variety of purposes, so the first thing you need to think about is how you will use the structure. Will you use your garage or carport just for parking cars? Will you need lighting in your garden shed? Do you plan to use power tools in your outbuilding? Knowing how you plan to use your new addition will help you plan for electricity.

 

Begin by hiring a licensed electrician to help you. Let this professional review your garage blueprints to get a better understanding of the completed structure. With your electrician, come up with an electrical plan to accommodate your needs. This will keep you from over-wiring your structure and spending more than you need or electrical outlets, switches and fixtures. Your pre-determined electrical plan will also ensure that you have everything you need to use your new garage, carport or outbuilding the way you wish. Furthermore, it is better and less expensive to install electrical wiring during construction than it is to go back and retrofit the building for additional electrical needs at a later date.

 

When it comes to using power in your barn, outbuilding, shed, garage or carport, there are six main categories to consider:

  1. Lighting
  2. Heating and cooling
  3. Tools
  4. Garage doors and garage door openers
  5. Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
  6. Charging station for an electric vehicle

 

Talk with your electrician and determine what types of outlets and fixtures you’ll need to accommodate your specific needs. Consider amps and voltage. Read packaging and labels to determine what each of the above items will require. Have the electrician install outlets, fixtures, switches, circuit breakers and the electrical panel accordingly to accommodate all of your needs.

 

Anticipating your electrical needs for your new utilitarian structure will ensure you new outbuilding, garage or shed plan will accommodate all of your needs while paying the best price by installing wiring during the construction phase instead of after the building is finished.

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