How To Prevent A Garage Fire

Fire Spreads More Quickly In A Garage Compared To Other Areas Of The House

Barrie Fire Service is offering some suggestions on how to keep fires from occurring in the garage after this week’s $500,000 fire on Chieftain Crescent.

Garage fires tend to spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss than fires that start in all other areas of the home. Public Fire and Life Safety Officer Samantha Hoffman says this is because they can go undetected for a long period of time.

Some simple tips to avoid this happening include storing oil, gas, paint, propane and varnishes in a shed away from the house. Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.

When charging an appliance use an outlet and not an extension cord.

With the cold weather on the way, people will be going to the garage to smoke. Hoffman says to make sure your smoke is fully extinguished. It’s vitally important because ashes and embers can smoulder for up to three hours before flames or heat are visible.

Installing a smoke alarm in the garage doesn’t always work because the temperature fluctuation and dust can lead to false alarms. Hoffman suggests installing a heat detector in the garage instead. It’s a device that “talks” to your homes smoke alarm to get an early warning.