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Posted on February 21, 2019 at 4:53 PM by Tonisha Beal
Will you be doing any Spring Cleaning this month? Often annual cleaning involves cleaning out our garages and moving stored items around. It is vital that things are stored properly to prevent a fire. Every year, there are 6,600 garage fires resulting in an average of 30 deaths, 400 injuries and $457 million in property loss.
Electrical malfunctions are the leading cause of garage fires. These fires can start because of shorts in wires, damaged wires and overloading electrical outlets.
Here are some reminders on how to keep your home safe from garage fires:
Heat alarms (detectors) respond to fire, not smoke. They are another useful part of any home fire safety plan.
Smoke alarms in garages can sound because of a change in temperature and humidity, as well as dust, fumes, and insects. Heat alarms are made to not be affected by these conditions.
Smoke alarms are not required or designed for use, in garages. Many heat alarm models can be connected to a home’s fire detection system so that if the heat alarm sounds, the smoke alarms will as well.
Tips for buying and installing heat alarms:
Purchase a heat alarm that is:
Have your hard-wired heat alarm installed by a qualified electrician.
Don’t install heat alarms near fluorescent lights. Electrical noise and flickering from the lights may affect the alarm’s operation.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.