Apart from providing a haven for our vehicles, most households use the garage as an extra storage space to dump infrequently used materials at home. The low-priority items can range from seasonal decorative items, sports gear, fishing equipment, and so on.
Many times we ignore the potential hazards of storing some category of items in the garage. We naturally consider the space inside our homes to be of premium value and chuck away the rarely used miscellanies at home.
Let’s look at some of these commonly dumped items which have the potential of posing a danger to you and your loved ones when stored in the garage. At the same time, we will also glance into a few things that can get damaged when placed there.
Scroll through to find out.
Make it your top priority to store propane tanks outdoors only. They should never be placed in a closed containment like a garage. Even the tiniest of sparks caused due to starting a car can be catastrophic, causing your life’s investment to burn up in flames.
The risk is dual. There is the apparent threat of fire ignition. Simultaneously, the probability of asphyxiation can not be ignored when there is a leak from the propane tank.
Are your kitchen shelves running out of space? Then make some extra space by applying a few reorganization skills. Storing tins of canned/pet food in the garage may not be the best option.
Canned goods usually require a cool and dry place for storage. The garage premises fail in both these prerequisites. The dampness in the closed air can lead to rusting of the cans. At the same time, extreme temperatures (over 90 degrees) that get generated due to the working of heavy machinery can cause the food to get spoiled.
Are you trying to get rid of an old printer or use an outdated Playstation console? You guessed it right! The garage is not the place to dump them. Giving them to charity or a friend who is in need would be a better option.
The internal circuit boards cease to work whfiren exposed to the humidity or extreme heat present in the garage space. The invasion of these circuits by insects on the lookout for building nests in them can spell doom for your gadget.
It is often tempting to stack up against your firewood pieces in a garage for quick access to light up the chimneys during a wintery night. We recommend you control this indulgence.
Moisture can seep in the wood, and attacks of insects and termites can cause issues at home. A suitable alternative is to place the wood at an elevated rack in your backyard. Cover the logs with a synthetic tarp to protect them from moist air.
Your kid’s favorite toys like stuffed dolls and other cottony items can be an invitation card for insects and even mice to play on. They can easily get ruined and bitten when placed openly inside the garage.
If storing the toys is unavoidable, we suggest you keep them in airtight containers that are tightly closed from the outside.
Termites, silverfish, and mice find nothing more attractive than nice juicy paper. If you are planning to store important tax documents, college notebooks, birth certificates, or a hefty dictionary in the garage, think again!
Apart from the paper chewing friends who call the garage their home, the dampness and moisture in the air can cause your valuable document to deteriorate.
Paints maintain their chemical integrity when stored between a particular temperature range. If the storage area gets too hot or cold, it will alter the paint formula.
If you stay in a location where there are quite many temperature fluctuations, the garage may not be the ideal place to hold your paint cans. Ensure to check the backside of the can for recommended storage temperatures.
If you wish to store the paint only for a few days, then there is not much impact on its formula. But keeping leftover paint for months at a stretch can make it unusable.
As a responsible homeowner, there are multiple guidelines you need to adhere to while storing gas at home. Fire codes vary based on community rules. Some localities permit to store only under 25 gallons of gasoline.
For added safety, place the containers on top of plywood rather than keeping them directly in contact with the concrete floor. Ensure they are kept in the dark place with zero presence of sunlight. Take additional care to see that the gas cans are inaccessible to children at home to avoid mishaps/accidents.
Our love for cloth shopping often ends up in our wardrobes getting entirely stuffed. This situation prompts us to store the excess clothing and accessories in the garage.
Unfortunately, the quality of clothes plummets in heat, humidity, and insect/mice attacks. If you want your spare clothes to last more, do not think of dumping them in your garage. Otherwise, you may have to bid them goodbye sooner than you think.
Packing in plastic covers will not be of much use as well. Mice, insects, and car fumes are more than capable of still causing irreparable damage to the clothes.
Let’s Wrap Things Up
Although most of us have the inherent tendency to transfer our low-priority household items to the garage, we need to show some diligence. Before carelessly dumping things, do some analysis on the safety issues associated with storing that particular item in your garage.
Some external parameters like temperature, fire hazard, reaction to moisture, etc., need to be kept in mind before storing the item.
We hope our list was valuable to you, and you would consider these pointers while storing items in your garage.