Your Garage – A Fire Risk?
Well in my garage there are the following fuel sources
- 50 Litres of Petrol. (in the car fuel tank)
- A litre of white spirit.
- A litre turps substitute.
- 2 x 5kg gas bottles.
- Several tins of half used gloss and enamel paint.
- Large box of scrap wood.
- Various cardboard boxes.
As far as ignition sources go there is
- Electrical Sparks from 240 volt power tools
- Sparks from angle grinder
- Car electrical system
And I don’t even have a welder or brazing torch!
If a fire started, and was undiscovered, how long would it take to spread to the rest of the house?………………….Not very long if you have got a standard internal door and one layer of standard plasterboard on the walls and ceiling. (In the UK if there is a room above a garage the standard is two layers of plasterboard with off set joints between sheets)
It could well be worth upgrading the specification for your new house to improve the fire resistance of garage walls, ceilings and doors! Perhaps you might also consider fitting a sprinkler point.
At least I have a fire extinguisher …. do you?
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