You have gone to great lengths to protect the safety and security of your home, but what about your garage? Even if your garage is not attached to your home, there could be serious dangers lurking that put your home’s safety at risk. So, this year, while you are assessing the security of your home, do not ignore the pitfalls of your garage.
Garages are one of the biggest security vulnerabilities in residential properties and they are appealing to potential burglars, because they rely on the fact that homeowners do not protect them. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to correct these dangers and secure your garage.
Clutter is a danger to your own safety.
From falling objects in haphazardly placed storage to chemical spills, and more, there could be various risk factors. If your garage looks like it is overflowing or you find yourself squeezing in between rows of junk, it is time for a cleanout. Pick up the clutter, put seasonal items away until they are needed, and donate or sell the items you no longer need.
- Fire Hazards – Your garage is teeming with fire hazards that you do not even know about. There are dozens of combustible materials stored in your garage right now – fertilizers, paint thinners, leftover fireworks, and even gasoline to name a few. Locate all of these potential hazards chemicals and read their labels for proper storage. Ensure your garage has a fire extinguisher rated for chemical applications (a Class B/C is best for garage applications). You can also extend your home’s fire alarm system to cover your garage – hopefully notifying authorities long before the fire reaches your home.
- Security Breaches – Your garage offers easy access to burglars. Leaving the door from your garage to your home unlocked makes it easier for a burglar to enter your home. Lock all doors, including the door that comes from the garage into your house. Consider installing motion-sensing lights around the perimeter which will deter anyone from trying to sneak in. You can also extend your home’s automation and security systems so that you are able to automatically lock doors, shut garage doors and secure the area.
Garages are one of the biggest security vulnerabilities in residential properties and they are appealing to potential burglars, because they rely on the fact that homeowners do not protect them.
Your garage does not have to be a danger zone. Just by taking extra precautions, protecting your family against lurking dangers and securing the space, you can make it as efficient and safe as the rest of your home. GuardMe Security can offer additional tips and suggest what home security solutions you can add to your home. With free estimates and no obligation, getting on the right track with safety has never been easier.
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To learn more about protecting your vacation home, contact your local home security service. GuardMe Security offers a no-obligation consultation to assess your vacation home and help decide the best way to protect your investment.