15 Oct

Storing Hazardous Material in Your Garage

How to store flammable liquid in a garage

If you use your garage as an all-purpose storage, then you might keep hazardous items in the garage instead of house. These could be cleaning supplies or grilling supplies, either way they can be harmful chemicals or gas.

It is important to store these hazardous materials properly because they could be flammable or a hazard to inhale. The garage is connected to the house, most of the time so it they are not properly stored, they could also affect your house and family. Here is how to keep your family and house safe by storing hazardous material properly.

Organizing

The garage may be a place or things to put that are out of site of the house. This may cause a unorganized clutter. To stay organized you should go through your garage if it is a clutter and unorganized. Things like paint cans with a drop of paint left can be thrown away to prevent fueling an unfortunate fire. You should throw out the things you don’t need any more to save room for more storage.

Flammable Products

Flammables like propane gas and kerosene should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keeping them out of sunlight will reduce the risk of fire from the product. They should be stored in a location that is dark and cool. A garage without windows is a great location. If you can, they should be kept low to the ground.

Original Container

The hazardous material comes in containers that are meant to container the material. You should not transfer the liquid to different containers even if you are using a smaller container to conserve space.

Children and Pets

The liquids that are hazardous should be out of reach of children and pets. If you can, the best way to store them is in a metal cabinet that can be locked.

Emergency

If their ends up to be a spill you should call poison control or hazardous waste management immediately.

If you are unsure how hazardous the material is, there are warning labels on the containers. If the label ended up be unreadable it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to safety. The label will also say how to properly store it.