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Oct 28 2009

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Storage Safety Tips for your New Garage

Garage Storage and SafetyIf you’ve decided to build your dream garage, or just add that extra space you’ve been needing, it is important you make plans to keep your garage safe and hazard free. Knowing how to safely store chemicals and other hazards should be one of your top priorities as many of these dangers usually end up in the garage. Educate yourself and plan ahead so you know just how you are going to store these potentially dangerous items keeping you and your family safe, not to mention your dream car that will be parked inside your new garage. These tips will help you.


Tools and Ladders

·         Make sure extension cords stored or used in the garage are rated for outdoor use due to possible moisture in the garage. Those not rated for outdoor use can easily cause an electrical short or possibly catch fire if stored and/or used outside.

·         Plan to store ladders horizontally against a wall or at floor level using storage hooks to secure them. If stored vertically and not tightly secured, they can easily tip or fall harming people and damaging property.

·         Lawn and garden tools and other small hand tools such as a screw driver or hammer should be placed in a secure space such as a toolbox. If possible lock the toolbox preventing children from accessing dangerous items.

·         Store tools, especially those with sharp points or blades, out of reach of children, but make sure the adult accessing the tools can retrieve it easily without causing any danger or harm to themselves. Also make sure all power tools are turned or switched off before storing after each use.



·         Chemicals should be stored in their original containers with complete warning labels so you know what is inside and what dangers or threats each may pose. Store out of reach from children and in a safe place where they will not fall or spill. They are best stored away from the home in a detached garage or storage shed rather than an attached garage.

·         Anti-freeze is a sweet smelling liquid that can be a killer to pets. As little as one tablespoon can make your pet sick or even be lethal to cats and small dogs. Make sure all caps are secured tightly and store in a safe place. Keep anti-freeze away from children too.

·         Do not store paints, pesticides or auto fluids in old food containers. These containers might leak causing fumes resulting is breathing and respiratory problems, burns and fire hazards.

·         Propane is highly combustible. Propane containers and anything that uses propane should be stored away from the home in a detached garage, shed or outbuilding. It is not safe to store propane in your attached garage.

·         Ice-melt mixtures and road salt can be very harmful to children and pets. Make sure these items are stored in non-spill, childproof containers. Put them in a locked closet in the garage or out of reach of children and pets.

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Oct 15 2009

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The Basics about 1 Car Garage Plans

Garage Plan 033G-0012As its name suggests, a 1-car garage plan or single-car garage is designed to provide sheltered parking for one car. Floor plans are available in a wide range of styles and sizes ensuring you’ll find just the right one to complement your home and fit your lot. Various rooflines such as gable, reverse gable or hip rooflines top these detached structures delivering greater variation in style and design. Furthermore, sometimes special extras such as a storage space, workbench, attached workshop or second floor loft are available adding to the practicality and functionality of single-car garage plans. Some even offer extra storage space perfect for the lawn mower, gardening tools, the kids’ bikes or other items. Typically, 1-car garage plans are designed with windows and a service entry for easy access.


But don’t be fooled. There are many other possibilities for a 1-car garage other than parking the family car. A single-car garage plan can also be used for a garden shed, storage shed, workshop, hobby room or craft area. With a little imagination and the right accessories such as storage cabinets, a planting table, workbench or counter, a 1-car garage can transform into a building that satisfies another purpose. No matter how you plan to use the garage, chances are you’ll find the perfect one to accommodate your needs.


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