Your garage is one of the most versatile spaces in your home. While many folks continue to use it for it’s traditional purpose – car and appliance/tool storage – there’s no reason why you can’t get a little more creative. If you want to use your garage as a recreational area or a place to entertain, here are some suggestions for using your space safely and effectively.
Install a Smoke/Heat Detector in Your Garage
If you plan to use your garage for hosting and socializing, you may wish to consider installing a heat or a smoke detector in your garage. Either or both of these can detect when things may be heating up too much, especially if you are using the space for any sort of food prep that may require heat or a flame. With that said, if you are using your garage for such a purpose, make sure you are not storing any flammable goods or products anywhere near possible rises in temperature.
Stick to Battery-Operated Devices
Even if your garage is outfitted with electrical outlets, it’s a good idea to steer away from using outlets or extension cords in the garage. Any additional cords only invite more opportunities for things to become caught in your garage door. And, of course, the more electrical cords in use, the higher the chances of an electrical fire.
Store Your Tools and Appliances Elsewhere
An overcrowded garage is not only a nuisance, but can also be a hazard and an inefficient use of the space. Say you decide the garage will be a recreation space for your kids or the location of your home gym – odds are you may want to keep your power tools out of reach from your little ones.