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    Archive for July, 2013

    Protect your family from fire and burns in the garage

    With most of us storing some kind of flammable liquid in our garages, we wanted to share our thoughts on minimising the chances of a fire breaking out.

    Here are our top tips for keeping your garage a safe place to be:

    1. If you do have to store petrol in your garage, keep it tightly sealed and out of reach of children.
    2. You shouldn’t store petrol in a garage that contains an appliance with a pilot light.
    3. Be careful not to overload plug sockets or extension cords and make sure all your wiring and cords are free from damage.
    4. If you have any chemicals stored in your garage, keep them in a secure cabinet out of reach.  Something like our cabinets are a good choice.
    5. Have a fire extinguisher to hand in the garage and train all adults on how to use it.
    6. If you have any appliances in your garage, keep them clean and clear of build up residue to stop the chances of it catching fire.

    For all your garage makeover needs, call us on 01491 579975 or email us at info@garageflex.co.uk.

    Are the electrics safe in your garage?

    Keeping electrical cables in good working order is imperative in your home AND your garage.  We have compiled a list of top tips below to ensure your garage is safe both for you and your family.

    1. Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition. Replace any that are frayed, knotted or coiled.

    2. Check electrical ratings on appliance cords and extension cords. Make sure all appliances are carrying proper loads.

    3 Outdoors, use only extension cords marked specifically for outdoor use.

    4. Use child-resistant outlet covers on wall outlets if children live in or visit your home.

    5. Check for safety certifications from recognised testing organisations on all electrical appliances, cords and fixtures.

    6. Follow manufacturer’s recommendation for power usage. Use extension cords only temporarily. Remove extension cords when finished.

    7. Keep all electrically powered appliances and equipment dry and away from exposure to water.

    Contact Garageflex on info@garageflex.co.uk or call us on 01491 579975.

    Umm, can you pass the torch?

    Poor lighting in your garage can not only cause problems finding what you need, it can also be dangerous if you have any steps or obstacles.  And if you use your garage for DIY projects or tinkering with cars or bikes, then it is a good idea to think whether what you have is fit for purpose.

    The two main lighting types to consider are overall lighting and focused lighting.

    By overall lighting, we mean the main lighting to the whole garage which comes in the form of overhead fluorescent lights.   Focused lighting benefits those who need to work in particular areas of the garage and items such as portable work lamps, head lamps, floor lamps and inspection lamps are all good choices here.

    We have a few top tips when thinking about your garage lighting and remember as part of a Garageflex installation, we can clad your ceiling to incorporate any lighting, making it a brighter and safer place to be.

    Garageflex’s Top Tips:

    1.  Light your garage and any stairs well.

    2.  Use the maximum safe wattage in light fixtures, this can usually be found inside the light fitting.

    3.  Avoid using naked bulbs and shield any bulbs used near work areas to reduce the risk of breakage and fire.

    4.  Consider what you use your garage for, general lighting may suffice or you may need more focused points of light for working on projects.

    5.  Consider having your ceiling clad or painted white, this can make a surprising amount of difference as the light bounces off it rather than absorbing it.

    Any questions, we would love to hear from you, info@garageflex.co.uk or 01491 579975.