Whilst a garage is a great storage space which makes it easy for you to unclutter your living space, it is important to make sure that you only store suitable items there, and make sure that you store them safely.
When it comes to keeping your garage safe, there are a few things that you simply shouldn’t store there – for all sorts of reasons.
Residents of Windmill Avenue in St Albans would probably have preferred it if their neighbour, an unnamed 48 year old man, hadn’t been keeping a collection of weaponry, mortar shells and ammunition from WW1 and WW2 in his garage. When they were discovered by police investigating alleged thefts from heritage sites, the entire street was closed to vehicles and the nearest neighbours were evacuated. The collection was reportedly taken to a nearby field for controlled detonation.
Whilst most people wouldn’t think about storing old munitions in their garage, there are other, everyday things that could be just as dangerous. Gas tanks could potentially heat up in a hot garage over the summer and explode and flammable substances – including many types of paint – present a fire hazard. It’s far safer to store these things in a suitably controlled environment rather than in your garage.
One of the most common safety mistakes people make in their garage is just stacking things poorly. If you’ve got stuff stored on your shelves, make sure that the heavier items are on the bottom and the lighter items are on the top. This not only makes it easier to get them out when you need them, but also reduces the risk of the whole thing toppling over!
You should also make sure that you have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. Leaving things on the floor can lead to tripping hazards, so make sure that your stuff gets put away. You should also invest in proper storage – leaving tools like rakes, shovels and brooms just propped against the wall means they can fall over, leading again to tripping hazards.
This sort of organisation not only makes your garage safer, but it also makes it a lot easier to use, so whether you have your own or you rent a garage from us, take the time to organise your garage and you’ll be able to enjoy a safe and practical space. For more information on our garages, contact us on 020 8882 8575.