Fire Prevention Tips for Garages

Kris Parrent | May 10th, 2018

Earlier this week, a detached garage in Grand Lakes Phase Two (RUSTIC SHORES LN @ MAYBROOK PARK LN) caught fire.

Community VFD was able to make location and stop the fire before it damaged the home, but the garage was a total loss. We wanted to take this opportunity to discuss fire prevention tips for garages.

According the U.S. Fire Administration, there are an average of 6,600 garage fires in the United States each year. These fires result in 30 deaths, 400 injuries, and $457 million in property loss.

 

What steps can you take to protect your property?

The most common cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction. The best steps you can take to prevent electrical fires are:

  • Do not overload electrical outlets. If the circuit breaker or your GFCI trips, have a licensed electrician out to review the cause before resetting it. Remember that in a typical garage, all electrical outlets are on the same circuit and you may overwhelm a circuit breaker with tools and appliances.
  • Do not use extension cords for permanent purposes. Make sure that your extension cord is properly rated for the device you are connecting to it.
  • Replace any damaged outlets or wiring.

Other tips for preventing garage fires include:

  • Store any flammables such as gasoline, paint, and varnish in a shed away from your home.
  • Do not place anything that can burn next to appliances.

The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office. We would like to thank them, Harris County ESD48, and Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Precinct 3 for their help on the scene.