Garage and basement fires can spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss than fires that start in other areas of your home. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your home safe!
Garage and Basement Fire Tips
Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home.
Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.
Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
A 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from the garage into the house.
A ceiling made with ⅝-inch Type X gypsum board (or the equivalent) if you have living space above the garage.
A wall with ½-inch gypsum board (or the equivalent) if the wall attaches the garage to your home.
An attic hatch cover if you have attic access from the garage.
A heat alarm — not a smoke alarm — in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high.